The Illinois Attorney General’s office may soon have a dedicated team of lawyers working to combat wage theft and other unsafe conditions for employees, after the Illinois Senate unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) on April 11.
“This legislation protects both workers and businesses by helping to stop unlawful practices that hurt law-abiding businesses,” said Senator Curran.
Senate Bill 161 Establishes the Worker Protection Unit and the Worker Protection Unit Task Force in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. The new additions would be focused on ensuring that employees are properly paid and have safe workplaces, which would help eliminate unfair competition from businesses that aren’t following the rules.
The legislation was an initiative of Attorney General Kwame Raoul, who testified in committee with Senator Curran on behalf of the proposal.
“I have long advocated against wage theft and unlawful employment practices that harm law-abiding employers. As a state senator, I sponsored this bill to give the Attorney General supplemental authority to enforce state wage laws,” Raoul said. “I would like to thank my former colleagues in the Senate for passing this bill today that includes the strategic enforcement tools my office needs to protect lawful businesses and the most vulnerable workers.”
The legislation passed the Senate unanimously and is now headed to the Illinois House for approval in that chamber.