There are a number of new laws which become effective in the next few months that will affect employers in Illinois. Here are some of the highlights:
Child Bereavement Leave Act
This new law became effective July 29, 2016. It requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide two weeks of unpaid leave to employees to allow them to:
a) attend the funeral (or an alternative to a funeral) of a child;
b) make arrangements necessitated by the death of a child;
c) grieve the death of a child.
Additional provisions include the following:
• The leave must be completed within 60 days of the date on which the employee receives notice of the death of the child;
• The employee must give 48 hours’ notice of taking the leave if practicable;
• The employer may request reasonable documentation (e.g., death certificate);
• If more than one child dies in a a12 month period, the employee can take a total of 6 weeks bereavement leave in the 12 month period.
The new leave is available only to FMLA eligible employees and the leave should run concurrently with FMLA leave when possible. Also, an employee cannot be forced to take vacation time or paid time off during the time he/she is taking this leave.
A new bill effective January 1, 2017, creates the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Act to define what is and what is not a domestic worker and uses this definition to amend the Illinois Human Rights Act, the Minimum Wage Law, the Wages of Women and Minors Act, and the One Day Rest in Seven Act to include domestic workers within the scope of those Acts.
The Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act has been amended to require the Department of Labor to conduct a good faith search to find aggrieved employees and remit them amounts recovered as unpaid wages, wage supplements, or final compensation. Recovered amounts must be deposited into the Department of Labor Special State Trust Fund. The Department of Labor cannot require an employee who seeks unpaid wages that have been deposited into the Fund to provide a Social Security number as proof of citizenship. This law is effective January 1, 2017.
Victims Economic Security and Safety Act
Effective January 1, 2017 the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) has been amended to expand the definition of “employer” to include any person who employs at least one employee. Employers with 1-14 employees must provide 4 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to an employee who is either the victim of domestic or sexual violence, or whose family/household member is the victim of domestic or sexual violence. Current law provides that employers with 15 to 49 employees must provide 8 weeks of unpaid leave and employers with 50 or more are required to provide 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period.
Employee Sick Leave
A new law, the Employee Sick Leave Act, allows employees to use personal sick leave benefits already provided by the employer for absences due to an illness, injury, or medical appointment of the employee’s child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother/father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent for reasonable periods of time as the employee’s attendance may be necessary, on the same terms upon which the employee is able to use sick leave benefits for the employee’s own illness or injury. This new law becomes effective January 1, 2017.
The Criminal Identification Act to has been amended so that, when a petitioner seeks to have a record of arrest expunged, and the offender has been convicted of a criminal offense, the State’s Attorney can object to the expungement on the grounds that the records contain specific relevant information aside from the mere fact of the arrest. If the petitioner has obtained a court order waiving fees under Supreme Court Rule 298 or otherwise waiving the fees, there will be no fee required for filing a petition of expungement or sealing. One year from the effective date or until January 1, 2018, whichever is later, in a county of 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, there will be no fee required for a petitioner if the records sought to be expunged or sealed were arrests resulting in release without charging or arrests/charges not initiated by arrest resulting in acquittal, dismissal, or conviction when the conviction was reversed or vacated. The amendment removes requirements for paying a fee for juvenile records being expunged by the clerk of the circuit court. The amendment is effective January 1, 2017.
Heath Care Workers
Effective January 1, 2017, the Health Care Worker Background Check Act is amended to prohibit health care employers from knowingly hiring, employing, or retaining any individual in a position with certain health care related duties who has been convicted of committing or attempting to commit offenses concerning the manufacturing, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver or manufacture cannabis in excess of 10 grams (rather than any amount).
Wage Assignment Revocation
The Illinois Wage Assignment Act has been amended to allow an employee to revoke a wage assignment at any time by submitting written notice that he/she is revoking the wage assignment to the creditor. A wage assignment notice to the employee must include specified additional statements.
Non-Compete Covenants for Low Wage Employees
The new Illinois Freedom to Work Act prohibits all employers from entering into a covenant not to compete with any low-wage employee of the employer. This law becomes effective January 1, 2017.
Please feel free to contact Tom Weiler or Theresa Bresnahan-Coleman at 312-704-6700 if you have any questions about these new employment law provisions and how they may affect you.
** UPDATE **
The Snow-O has been re-scheduled for Saturday February 3rd, 2018.
Join us at beautiful Camp Manatoc for classic orienteering in what we hope will be some snow and a bit cold… don’t worry – the classic distances will keep you warm!
The event will feature a new way to start, inspired by some of the out-of-state competitions a few of us have attended in the past year. The start triangle will be about 400 meters walk from registration, with some mild elevation. The finish will include a GO-control, with associated sprint to the finish control.
Camp Manatoc features wonderful terrain, with lots of reentrants, trails, and camp environment. Most, if not all, buildings are mapped, as are some of the benches on trails, etc. A few trails may be hard to see, but with little to no leaf coverage in the winter months, reading the terrain is a lot easier!
Areas that are marked as off-limits on the map must be respected. Some areas include firing ranges, and others have been marked as out-of-bounds by the course designer. Running on roads in out-of-bounds areas is not permitted. Do not climb tall fences, and stay out of private property or otherwise marked areas. Some water crossings may be required on courses above WHITE.
Water will be available on the course, but not necessarily at a specified control, rather along a common route choice or easy to locate intersection.
GREEN, RED, and BLUE will be longer distances (see below). It’s highly recommended that you bring the appropriate gear, and possibly your own water / food depending on your stamina.
NOTES FROM THE COURSE DESIGNER…
Reported by Andreas, 12/30/17
I went to do some last minute recon on control locations, and to mark most of the close-in-campus controls to aid with setting next week, and wanted to share what I found.
First of all, if the snow sticks, and temps stay below freezing, you’re in for a real treat! Camp Manatoc was so beautiful yesterday, serene in its quiet winter wonderland, with a few deer roaming freely. Traveling up and down reentrants was almost easier due to the frozen ground, and many of the creeks are frozen over. But…
Lots of patches of ice throughout, especially where water has run over trails, so watch for that. Carbide tips, or really aggressive trail running shoes are highly recommended. (I have some of these, and would recommend!)
Most of you will see / visit a beautiful place around the Minehaha water falls – they are frozen over – and it’s a real treat! I moved the control location for maximum beauty! Just be careful around the area, as it can be quite slippery. But it’s a snow-O, after all…
There’s one location, marked as a building (see below) that is somewhat surrounded by a frozen creek. Depending on your approach, it is possible to reach it with a safe, dry, passage. I found it easily yesterday. Cross the creek at your own risk, please, and keep in mind where you are on the course.
For YELLOW, ORANGE, and GREEN, you’ll approach from the dry, non-creek side, across a field / old lake bed, in a SE direction. For RED and BLUE, you’ll need to make a decision as to finding the dry approach, or risking a leap over a frozen creek, as you’ll approach in a NW direction.
The creek seemed very shallow, maybe less than 8 inches or so, so regardless, you’re not in for a swim! But in the lower temperatures, could put a damper on your run. The dry approach is slightly NW of the control as you approach on RED and BLUE.
Most of the trails are snowed over, and it snowed last night again, so some may be a bit trickier to find. Look for trail markers that Camp Manatoc uses, or look for open areas. Many legs on all courses mix technical orienting to the control, with stretches of open ground / trail running for your “keeping warm” pleasure!
Remember to layer your clothing, and dress for the weather. If you keep moving, at any pace, you’ll keep warm. It was 12F yesterday, with some wind, and I kept warm no problem. If you’re running hard, you’ll sweat. If you stop / slow down, you’ll get cold. Please review signs of hypothermia, here.
Keeping hydrated is key. There will be water throughout, and warm beverages at the registration / finish area. Check the map for water locations.
I can’t wait to see you next weekend! You’re in for an adventure, regardless! And, what better way to start the orienteering year on a course where contours are easy to read, the snow is crisp (I sure hope it lasts!), and the temperatures will keep you going? 😉
LOCATION & CONTACT
Camp Manatoc – Bittersweet Lodge (north off the main parking lot)
1075 Truxell Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264
Event Director – Andreas Johansson
Cell: (330) 328-1181
The start location (the start triangle) is located a few hundred meters’ walk from the registration and parking area. Water will be available in the start area, as will most of the maps, depending on your selected course.
You will follow a taped route to the start location. Once in the start area, the starter will hand you your map, and associated clue sheets, and you will start in the next available slot for that course. You will travel a short distance to the actual start triangle that will be clearly marked.
- NEOOC Members – $5 per person or team (1 map)
- Non-Members – $10 per person or team (1 map)
- Extra Map – $3
- Whistle – $2
Cash only at the event.
Beginner to advanced courses are available. GREEN, RED, and BLUE are advanced map reading / orienteering courses, and should not be attempted solely as a map hike. Multiple legs are far from trails, and distances are long. Distances below are as mapped, but as the crows flies. Typically, you should assume an addition of 25% distance, depending on your skill level. All courses except WHITE are e-punch.
A few maps for each course will be pre-printed, and handed out at the start location only to help prepare for national events. You may be asked to mark your own map, too. Maps will be on 8.5×11, in 1:10,000 scale.
- WHITE – Beginner, short, 1.9km, 10 controls, manual punch
- YELLOW – Intermediate beginner, 2.8km, 8 controls
- ORANGE – Intermediate, 3.9km, 10 controls
- GREEN – Advanced, shorter, 5.1km, 12 controls
- RED – Advanced, long, 7.4km, 15 controls
- BLUE, Advanced, even longer, 8.8km, 18 controls
“Why a BLUE course? I’ve never seen that before…”
Some folks like to go a little farther, that’s why… if you normally run GREEN or above, you should try it out if you want the challenge of longer distances.
- Event Director, Course Designer, Setter – Andreas Johansson
- Registrar – Guy Russ
- Timer / Starter – John Nazier & Troop