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New laws for a new year: Illinois employers face new credit check, wage payment requirements

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The Illinois General Assembly has been busy, passing legislation that HR professionals need to know about. Specifically:

  • The Employee Credit Privacy Act, which prohibits many Illinois employers from basing hiring, promotion and other employment decisions on the credit histories of employees and job applicants.
  • The Wage Payment and Collection Act, which protects employees who have not been paid all their wages.

Both laws take effect on Jan. 1, 2011. Now is the time to familiarize yourself with these new mandates, before the hectic winter holidays and year-end HR bustle.

Employee Credit Privacy Act

This new law forbids employers from inquiring about or obtaining a copy of an applicant’s or employee’s credit history or credit report or using credit history in employment decisions.

Employers will still be permitted to conduct background checks on applicants and employees, as long as that check does not include a credit history...(register to read more)

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