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(820 ILCS 175/2)
The General Assembly finds as follows:
Over 300,000 workers work as day or temporary laborers in Illinois.
Approximately 150 day labor and temporary labor service agencies with nearly 600 branch offices are licensed throughout Illinois. In addition, there is a large, though unknown, number of unlicensed day labor and temporary labor service agencies that operate outside the radar of law enforcement.
Recent studies and a survey of low-wage day or temporary laborers themselves finds that as a group, they are particularly vulnerable to abuse of their labor rights, including unpaid wages, failure to pay for all hours worked, minimum wage and overtime violations, and unlawful deduction from pay for meals, transportation, equipment and other items.
Current law is inadequate to protect the labor and employment rights of these workers.
At the same time, in Illinois and in other states, democratically run nonprofit day labor centers, which charge no fee for their services, have been established to provide an alternative for day or temporary laborers to solicit work on street corners. These centers are not subject to this Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-511, eff. 1-1-06.)