191 new laws take effect January 1, 2017. Here is a preview of 26 new laws that may be of interest to Illinoisans.
Social media right to privacy
Public Act 99-610, House Bill 4999
Amends the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act to make it illegal for an employer or prospective employer to request or require an employee or applicant to access a personal online account (such as Facebook) in the presence of the employer. It is also illegal to request or require that an employee or applicant invite the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee, or applicant, or join an online account established by the employer.
Employee Sick Leave Act
Public Act 99-841, House Bill 6162
Under the new law, employees may now use personal sick leave benefits for purposes dealing with a child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent or step parent. The employee can use such time as may be necessary on the same terms that employee would use the time for their own illness or injury.
Traffic stop education
Public Act 99-720, House Bill 6131
Students taking drivers education courses will now be educated on safe procedures to follow during a traffic stop by law enforcement. The lesson will include such tips as remaining calm and keeping one’s hands in view at all times and will also educate drivers on their rights when in the presence of law enforcement.
on Thursday, November 17, 2016
| Rep. Harris receives 2015-2016 "Champion of Free|
Enterprise" Award from Tyler Diers of
the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Tyler Diers, Director of Advocacy for the State Chamber, presented Rep. Harris with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce's 2015-2016 "Champion of Free Enterprise" Award at the Chamber's offices in Springfield.
"I am very pleased to receive this distinction," said Harris. "I want to have as vibrant a business community as possible in Illinois so that there are jobs and opportunity for all of our citizens."
on Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Rep. Harris presents a Certificate of Recognition to
Peter Sarantopoulos (left) and Danny Barbarigos (center)
owners of LaTasca Restaurant
"LaTasca is a delightful neighborhood restaurant serving delicious food in the heart of our downtown," said Harris, "and it's great to be able to recognize the 20 years of success that the restaurant has had as part of our community. I look forward to enjoying the restaurant's wonderful tapas for another 20 years."
on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Rep. Harris receives a replica John Deere
tractor from Janet McCabe, a Cook
County Farm Bureau Board Member
Illinois Cook County Farm Bureau Board Member Janet McCabe presented Rep. Harris with a replica of a John Deere 8345 R tractor which has been manufactured by John Deere from 2009 to the present. The award shows that Rep. Harris recognizes the benefits of Illinois' agricultural products and the importance farmers play in providing quality food, fiber and fuel for our state, nation and world.
on Thursday, August 18, 2016
Rep. Harris (center) joins with Alicia Martin, President of
ABC-IL, and other local officials in cutting the
ribbon on ABC-IL's new training center.
Associated Builders & Contractors - Illinois provides apprenticeship and craft training programs that prepare individuals for positions throughout the construction industry. The programs are registered with the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.
"These are the types of programs that help individuals get quality, good-paying jobs," said Harris, "and I was pleased to join in the opening of this new training lab."