Law Effective January 1, 2016

A new law, effective January 1, 2016, expands coverage of the state’s Equal Pay Act to all employers.

The state Equal Pay Act prohibits covered employers from paying unequal wages to men and women for doing the same or substantially similar work, requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility, under similar working conditions for the same employer in the same county (except if the wage difference is based upon a seniority system, a merit system, a system measuring earnings by quantity or quality of production, or factors other than gender).

Expanded Coverage

Under the new law, a covered employer is an individual, partnership, corporation, association, business, trust, person, or entity for whom employees are gainfully employed in Illinois (and includes the state of Illinois, any state officer, department, or agency, any unit of local government, and any school district). Prior to January 1, 2016, the state Equal Pay Act applies to employers with 4 or more employees.

Click here to read the text of the law.

For more information on other state laws specific to Illinois, visit the State Laws section, click on Illinois, and choose your topic of interest from the left-hand navigation menu.


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