Small Business Bills Starting to Pile Up

Date: March 11, 2016 Last Edit: March 15, 2016

The 2016 legislative session is
underway and as usual, there are several bills introduced that impact small
business. NFIB/Illinois works hard to
represent small businesses at the Illinois Capitol, and while we track a lot of
bills, highlighted below are a few that could impact the majority of our

You may view these bills at


3097/HB 6162

These bills would require employers who
offer sick leave to allow their employees to use sick leave for absences due to
an illness, injury, or medical appointment of the employee’s child, spouse,
sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, or
stepparent. OPPOSE


This bill requires all employers to
provide up to 7 days of paid sick leave to all employees, both full-time and
part-time. Employees would accrue 1 hour
of paid leave for every 30 hours worked. While the time would start accruing
immediately, it could not be used until the employee has worked for their
employer for 120 days. OPPOSE 


6223/SB 2964

These bills would require the
prevailing wage to be set by collective bargaining agreements (CBA) in the
locality in which the work is to be done. The bill states the CBAs must cover at least 30% of the workers in that
locality to be used to set the prevailing wage. OPPOSE


This bill sets a $20,000 threshold for
prevailing wage jobs. If the job or bid
is for work less than $20,000 the prevailing wage does not apply. SUPPORT


This bill would require small employers
to participate in apprenticeship programs in order to bid on work with local
governments and school districts.  The
bill takes “responsible bidder” language from the state procurement code, which
tends to deal with larger contractors on big public works projects, and adds it
to the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act.  By
doing this, small employers would have to actively participate in an
apprenticeship program in order to do business with their local municipalities,
counties as well as their local school districts.  OPPOSE


This bill provides that any individual,
contractor, or subcontractor who has been aggrieved by a filed false complaint under
the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act may institute a civil action for damages,
including, but not limited to, compensatory damages, legal fees, administrative
fees, and penalties. SUPPORT



This bill raises Illinois’ minimum wage
to $11 an hour by 2020, increasing it from $8.25 to $9.00 on July 1, 2016 and
increases it by $0.50 each July 1 until 2020 when would reach $11. The bill is
identical to one passed by the Senate last year, but failed to get called for a
vote in the Illinois House. SB 2145 also clearly defines the state as the sole
governmental body that can increase the wage, taking away the ability of local
governments to also raise the wage. It
would allow the City of Chicago’s wage hike ordinance to stand. The bill also
creates a credit against the withholding tax liability of employers with fewer
than 50 employees in order to ease the burden of the wage hike on small
business. OPPOSE


This bill increases the minimum wage
for workers who are 26 years of age or older to $9 per hour in 2017, $9.50 per
hour in 2018, and $10 per hour in 2019. Provides that a municipality may not
establish a minimum wage in an amount greater than the minimum wage established
under the Minimum Wage Law and preempts home rule. OPPOSE

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