New laws taking effect in Illinois in 2020 that may affect you

The most well-known new Illinois law is the one making recreational, non-medicinal use of marijuana legal.  There are still restrictions on where you can acquire marijuana and on where it can be smoked.  Also, it is still a violation of federal law to use marijuana despite Illinois laws.  On the plus side, many people with past misdemeanor marijuana related convictions are having their records expunged.

Minimum wage will jump from $8.25 to $9.25 statewide.

For our employer clients, a new Illinois law requires employers to get consent from potential employees being interviewed on video if they use artificial intelligence analysis to evaluate candidates.

Many buildings with restrooms available to the public are now required to have bathrooms available with diaper changing stations.

Smoking in a car when a minor is present is now illegal.

Holding a phone while driving can now also be ticketed and fined.  Handsfree devices are not prohibited.

The post-judgment interest rate on consumer debt under $25,000 has been reduced from 9% to 5%.  The timeframe to collect the judgment has been reduced from 26 years to 17 years.

A gender-neutral option is now available when obtaining a driver’s license.

A 10- year statute of limitations for many major sex crimes has been removed.

Insurers are now required to provide epi-pen coverage for those under age 18.

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