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Get Covered Illinois
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Constitutionality of ECA Upheld by Illinois Supreme Court
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January 1, 2014 Brings Changes for Illinois Labor Laws
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New Certified Transcript of Payroll Form
Get Covered Illinois (GCI) is the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace for Illinois residents. GCI team members are available to help residents take the first step to find affordable health coverage. Illinois consumers should explore www.getcoveredillinois.gov today, whether they are currently uninsured, are actively looking to make a change in their healthcare plan, or just want to learn more about their options. All marketplace plans include essential health benefits –prescription drug coverage, preventive screenings and regular and emergency care. There are affordable options available to fit every budget.
Finally, specially trained counselors (called Navigators) are available for free across the state to help Illinois consumers explore and understand their options. Choosing the right coverage is an important and complicated decision and Illinoisans should that know there is help available to assist them through the process. The deadline to enroll is March 31st, 2014, so please tell your friends, family, clients and colleagues to enroll today at www.getcoveredillinois.gov or call 1-866-311-1119.
On Friday, February 21, 2014 the Illinois Supreme Court released a decision in Bartlow v. Costigan holding the Illinois Employee Classification Act to be Constitutional. The Employee Classification Act, referred to as ECA, prohibits the improper classification of employees who work in the construction industry as independent contractors. The penalties under the Act for misclassification can be up to $1,000 per day for each person misclassified. The full Act, which was recently amended and includes reporting requirements effective January 1, 2015, can be found here.
Read the full Illinois Supreme Court decision
The Illinois Department of Labor is highlighting changes to labor laws that are effective as of January 1, 2014. These changes include an increase in the number of years contractors, subcontractors and the public body must maintain Prevailing Wage records on a project. and additional reporting requirements for filing certified payrolls with the Department. Also, all claims filed under the Wage Payment and Collection Act -- regardless of amount -- will be heard through the Department’s formal hearing process. The Employee Classification Act (ECA), which now allows for a formal hearing process to take place during Investigations, adds a personal liability clause for knowingly violating the Act and updates reporting requirements.
New Certified Transcript of Payroll Form, Affidavit, and Instructions now on IDOL web site. This form contains all information now required under amendments to Prevailing Wage Law effective January 1, 2014.