(225 ILCS 515/1)
(from Ch. 111, par. 901)
Department of Labor; authority to license employment agencies; unlicensed operation; website listing of agencies; rulemaking authority.
(a) It shall be the duty of the Department of Labor and it shall
have power, jurisdiction and authority to issue licenses to employment
agencies or agents, and to refuse to issue licenses whenever, after due
investigation, the Department of Labor finds that the character of the
applicant makes him unfit to be an employment agent, or when the
premises proposed to be used for conducting the business of an
employment agency, is found, upon investigation, to be unfit for such
(b) Any such license granted by the Department of Labor may also be
revoked or suspended by it upon due notice to the holder of said license
and upon due cause shown and hearing thereon. Failure to comply with the
duties, terms, rules, conditions or provisions required by any law of
this State governing employment agencies, or with any lawful order of
the Department of Labor, shall be deemed cause to revoke or suspend such
(c) It is a violation of this Act to operate a private employment agency without first registering with the Department of Labor and obtaining a license in accordance with Section 1.5 of this Act. The Department has the authority to assess a penalty against any agency that fails to obtain a license from the Department in accordance with this Act or any rules adopted under this Act of $500 for each violation. Each day during which an employment agency operates without a license shall be a separate and distinct violation of the Act.
(d) The Department shall create and maintain at regular intervals on its website, accessible to the public:
(1) a list of all licensed employment agencies in the
(2) a list of all employment agencies in the State
whose license has been suspended, including the reason for the suspension, the date that the suspension was initiated, and the date, if known, the suspension is to be lifted; and
(3) a list of employment agencies in the State whose
registration has been revoked, including the reason for the revocation and the date the registration was revoked.
(e) The Department of Labor shall have power, jurisdiction and
authority to fix and order such reasonable rules and regulations for the
conduct of the business of employment agencies, as may be necessary to
carry out the laws relating to employment agencies.
(Source: P.A. 99-422, eff. 1-1-16