About the Illinois Fighting Wage Theft Act
The Illinois Fighting Wage Theft Act (SB1720) is a simple, common-sense measure to ensure that work pays in Illinois. The legislation was drafted to be fair to both workers and businesses. It creates a level playing field where Illinois employers who treat their workers properly and play by the rules aren't at a disadvantage—in terms of contracting and other business opportunities—against employers who cheat their workers.
The legislation also protects taxpayers—at this time of fiscal crisis—by ensuring that taxpayer-funded state contracts don't go to dishonest companies that commit wage theft.
The Illinois Fighting Wage Theft Act will be good for our economy. When workers are cheated out of their wages, they have less money to put in to the economy and may have to turn to government assistance or other programs. But when “work pays,” everyone wins—employees, fair employers, and Illinois taxpayers.
The Illinois Fighting Wage Theft Act will:
- Increase the penalties on companies that commit wage theft.
- Prohibit companies that have committed serious wage theft from receiving State of Illinois contracts for at least five years.
- Level the playing field for responsible businesses.
- Inject more money into the economy and generate more tax revenue—without increasing tax rates.
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