Jeremy Glenn, Brittany Green, and Sydney Holman co-authored an article on Illinois' legislative action toward employee pay equality with sweeping amendments in 2021 to the state Equal Pay Act. Gov. J.B. Pritzker twice signed bills passed by the Illinois Legislature — first on March 23, 2021, and then on June 25, 2021 — the cumulative effect of which gives Illinois perhaps the most robust and arduous equal pay law in the nation — for employers. The time has arrived for covered employers to pay close attention, if they have not been doing so, in anticipation of the March 24, 2022, launch date. In a nutshell, private employers in Illinois that (1) file an EEO-1 report with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and (2) have more than 100 employees in Illinois, must apply for and obtain an equal pay registration certificate from the Illinois Department of Labor, or IDOL.
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