On First Full Day in Office, New Governor Pritzker Signs Legislation Tackling Women’s Pay Equity, Other Issues

On First Full Day in Office, New Governor Pritzker Signs Legislation Tackling Women’s Pay Equity, Other Issues

SPRINGFIELD — On his first full-day in office, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation including women’s pay equity, prosecuting wage theft, using project labor agreements, requiring prevailing wage and promoting diversity in state contracts and moving employees to appropriate steps.

On Tuesday, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2019-02, which will require the Department of Central Management Services and the Department of Human Rights to review the state’s pay plan to eliminate bias generated by asking employees for salary history, which often disadvantages women, particularly women of color.

The State of Illinois will no longer ask prospective employees questions about salary history, because of historic salary disadvantages women face.

The EO will also protect workers from wage theft. It directs the Illinois Department of Labor to expeditiously handle all cases of wage theft and day labor exploitation, including referring appropriate cases to the Attorney General.

This will allow the administration to hold bad actors accountable and protect workers.

In another measure Pritzker signed, the state will initiate a process to bring state employees to their appropriate salary step level.

Under this measure, union employees, many of whom have not received step increases since 2015, will be placed at their appropriate step for purposes of their pay going forward.

This action, however, does not address significant outstanding issues, including backpay.

The administration says will continue to work toward solutions to manage taxpayer resources effectively and compensate state employees fairly.