Illinois Day Labor Law Under Attack
Staffing agencies and the Illinois Department of Labor officials in an effort to modify the enforcement of Illinois day labor regulations. The ASA has argued that the regulations can not practically be applied to industrial assignments that are not, in effect, day labor. Various amendments to law that were enacted this year will go into effect on January 1, 2006.
The state law was first enacted in 2000 and defines day labor in such a manner that light industrial employees who report directly to job assignments, rather than first reporting to a central dispatching location, are considered day laborers. Additionally, the new amendments would require that each employee be provided with a written job description by the staffing agencies placing them. The ASA has argued that there is no practical way to deliver job descriptions to employees before they report to work sites.
The Illinois Department of Labor has also increased the fee to register staffing offices in the state. The initial registration fee will now be $1,000 and $250 for each satellite or branch office.