Weekly Legislative Update, July 25, 2022

Illinois Expands Unpaid Child Bereavement Leave to Cover Additional Family Members, Losses
 
Illinois has enacted amendments to the Child Bereavement Leave Act, expanding the law’s scope and renaming it the “Family Bereavement Leave Act” (FBLA).
 
The amendments are effective January 1, 2023, and the two major purposes are to: (1) expand the definition of family members covered by FBLA; and (2) include fertility-related losses in the acceptable reasons an employee may use leave under the FBLA.
 
Employee eligibility is defined by the same requirements as the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): employee must work for an employer with at least 50 employees, employee must have worked at least 12 months for employer, etc.
 
Covered employers are required to grant employees 10 days of unpaid leave annually to grieve the death of a child.
     
 
DOL Recovers $410K for Nearly 600 Workers Based on FLSA Violations
 
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL’s”) Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) has separately announced its recovery of $410,023 in back wages and liquidated damages for 598 workers in California, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, and Alabama, for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA" or "Act").
 
Among other things, the violations related to not paying overtime and failing to include non-discretionary production bonuses into the regular rate of pay when computing overtime rates for workers who worked more than 40 hours in a workweek.
 
TIA has a long history of ensuring that employers are compliant with federal and state wage and hour requirements. If employers have any questions or concerns about their pay practices, we recommend they contact us to ensure compliance.
     
 
Ensuring Your Employment Application Is Lawful
 
The days of the “one size fits all” employment application have come to an end. As federal, state, and local governments increasingly heighten employer hiring process requirements, national employers must be diligent to avoid getting tripped up by the varying rules across different locations.
 
Specifically, two areas, based on state law, may expose employers to liability if asked about on employment applications: "ban the box" laws and salary/compensation history bans. 
     
 
Support TIA’s Government Affairs Efforts in Washington
TopGolf Challenge
 
TIA has organized a golf outing at TopGolf Las Vegas to benefit TIA’s government affairs efforts. The fun-filled day will include reserved bays, two-hours of golf, food, drinks and fun!
 
TIA serves a vital role representing all aspects of the tire industry at the state and federal levels of government protecting its members’ interests. TIA takes leadership positions on legislative matters that could impact our member’s bottom line including taxes, general business and employment issues, right to repair laws, and health
care reform.
 
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of golf, laughter and networking for a worthy cause. There’s no pressure –whether you’re an avid golfer or have never swung a club, TopGolf is the spot for you. We hope you can join us for this afternoon of fun to support the association.
 
Sunday, October 30, 2022
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
TopGolf Las Vegas
 
CLICK HERE for more information and sponsorship opportunities.