Comments: IL SB0672 | 2021-2022 | 102nd General Assembly

Bill Title: Amends the Illinois Freedom to Work Act. Provides that a covenant not to compete shall not be valid or enforceable unless the employee's actual or expected annualized rate of earnings exceeds $75,000 per year on the effective date of the amendatory Act, $80,000 per year beginning on January 1, 2027, $85,000 per year beginning on January 1, 2032, or $90,000 per year beginning on January 1, 2037 (rather than no employer shall enter into a covenant not to compete with any low-wage employee of the employer). Provides that a covenant not to solicit shall not be valid or enforceable unless the employee's actual or expected annualized rate of earnings exceeds $45,000 per year and increasing in steps to $52,500 per year in 2037. Provides that a covenant not to compete is void and illegal for any employee who an employer terminates or furloughs or lays off as the result of business circumstances or governmental orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or under circumstances that are similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, unless enforcement of the covenant not to compete includes compensation equivalent to the employee's base salary at the time of termination for the period of enforcement minus compensation earned through subsequent employment during the period of enforcement. Provides that a covenant not to compete is void and illegal for individuals covered by a collective bargaining agreement under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act or the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Establishes exclusions for management professional personnel engaged in the construction industry. Provides a procedure for enforcement by the Attorney General. Contains provisions concerning the enforceability of a covenant not to compete or a covenant not to solicit; notice requirements for employers under a covenant not to compete or a covenant not to solicit; remedies for employees who prevail against an employer's civil action to enforce a covenant not to compete or a covenant not to solicit; and certain factors a court may consider when determining whether to reform a covenant not to compete or a covenant not to solicit. Defines "adequate consideration"; "covenant not to compete"; "covenant not to solicit"; "earnings"; and "employee". Removes the definition for the term "low-wage employee". Adds a severability clause. Effective January 1, 2022.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 18-2)

Status: (Enrolled) 2021-06-29 - Sent to the Governor [SB0672 Detail]

Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [HTML]

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