A new law in Illinois, billed as the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights Act (the "Act"), will apply several federal and state laws to previously unprotected domestic workers. The law, which will go into effect January 1, 2017, grants nannies, housekeepers, home healthcare workers, and chauffeurs new employment protections and affords new avenues for claims to be made against their employers. Employers of domestic workers are often single households or families who hire help for their children and housecleaning, and who are ill equipped to handle employment litigation compared to the average business.
Over the past ten (10) years, wage and hour lawsuits in the State of Illinois have been one of the fastest growing areas in litigation. One major reason for the popularity is that individual officers, directors, or corporate agents could be personally liable under the Illinois Minimum Wage Law.