On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act that requires private employers with over 100 employees in Illinois to obtain an Equal Pay registration certification no later than March 24, 2024, to certify that they are complying with the Illinois Equal Pay Act. This will allow employers time to review their pay practices and ensure they meet compliance requirements.
To obtain the certificate, a detailed list of all employees from the prior year, separated by race, gender, ethnicity, and including wages paid to each will need to be provided along with a compliance statement prepared by a representative of the company. Employers are required to obtain a certificate every two years after receiving their initial certificate. New businesses that meet the 100-employee requirement must be certified within three years.
It is recommended that employers begin testing reporting capabilities now to ensure the required information is accessible by January 1, 2023, since the first report must be filed by the employer’s first annual report after that date.
Looking ahead, Illinois employers should begin preparing for future EEO-1 reporting. Although data collected will be very similar to what is required for federal EEO-1 reporting, Illinois data will be made public and posted on a state website beginning in 2023.
Further information and guidance is expected from the Illinois Department of Labor and MRA will continue to follow closely for any new developments.