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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Bills Propose Changes to Employee-Related Legislation

Today, we are providing updates to employee-related bills that passed both houses of the General Assembly and are now awaiting Governor action.

If signed by the Governor, SB 539 would make changes to the Illinois Government Ethics Act and related ethics statutes. 

First, the legislation would modify the economic interests that certain government officers are required to disclose annually when they file their economic interest statement under the Act. For example, an individual required to file a statement of economic interest must also include certain interests of spouses and minor children. The Secretary of State would be required to publish guidance for completing and filing the disclosure statements given the changes made by this legislation. Also, so long as a filer reasonably relies in good faith on the Secretary of State's guidance, the filing will not constitute a willful false or incomplete statement. 

In addition, the proposed amendments would prohibit certain county, municipal, and township officials from being compensated for any activity by a lobbyist or lobbying entity, and amend the requirements for lobbyist registration. 

The bill also preempts municipal regulation of lobbyists that would conflict with the statutory regulations, except for the City of Chicago.

SB 2486 would amend the Personnel Records Review Act, which restricts the release of disciplinary records of employees in Illinois and requires notice be provided to an employee when their records are set to be released. If the amendment is signed by the Governor, employees who wish to file a complaint with the Department of Labor or in court based on a perceived violation of the Act may do so within three years of the disclosure of the disciplinary record in question. 

Post Authored by Erin Monforti & Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink


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