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Illinois Department of Labor Answers Frequently Asked Questions About the Equal Pay Registration Certificate

This Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) has added Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to their website to address questions about the Equal Pay Registration Certificate (EPRC) requirements. To learn more about EPRC requirements, refer to this prior blog post from HR Works.

The FAQs answer questions about which employers are required to obtain an EPRC, the application submission process, reporting data, certification, recertification, and the penalties for non-compliance. Key items addressed in the FAQs include the definition of wages, sharing of data with employees and the Illinois Department of Human Rights, determining the employee count when numbers of employees fluctuate and counting of remote workers who work outside of the state.

The IDOL intends to file additional regulations containing more comprehensive information about the Act’s amendments, which will be available for employers’ and others’ comments for a 45-day period after finalization.

Next Steps for Employers

As employers await the IDOL’s additional regulations, they are encouraged to review the FAQs for additional guidance on compliance requirements. While waiting, it is also recommended that employers consider conducting pay audits and begin gathering or ensure that they have the ability to gather the employee information that needs to be reported.

HR Works will continue to monitor this topic and provide updated information as it become available.

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