(225 ILCS 515/12.4)
Employer violations of Act; civil penalties; hearing procedure.
(a) An employment agency shall be required to provide each of its employer clients with proof of a valid license issued by the Department at the time of entering into a contract. An employment agency shall be required to notify, both by telephone and in writing, each employer with whom it contracts within 24 hours of any denial, suspension, or revocation of its license by the Department. All contracts between any employment agency and any employer shall be considered null and void from the date any denial, suspension, or revocation of license becomes effective and until such time as the employment agency becomes licensed and considered in good standing by the Department.
(b) The Department shall provide on the Internet a list of entities licensed as employment agencies, as provided for in Section 1 of this Act. An employer may rely on information provided by the Department or maintained on the Department's website pursuant to Section 1 of this Act and shall be held harmless if the information maintained or provided by the Department was inaccurate. It is a violation of this Act for an employer to accept a referral of an individual for employment from an employment agency not licensed under Section 1.5 of this Act.
If, upon investigation, the Department finds that a violation of this subsection (b) has occurred, for a first violation by an employer, the Department shall provide notice to any employer that it finds is doing business with an unlicensed employment agency. The notice shall identify the unlicensed entity, indicate that any contract between the unlicensed employment agency and the employer client is null and void, provide information regarding the Department's website that lists licensed employment agencies, and inform the employer of penalties for subsequent violations.
For a second violation by an employer, or if the first violation is not remedied within 10 days of notice by the Department, the Director may impose a civil penalty of up to $500 for each referral of an individual for employment accepted from an employment agency not licensed under Section 1.5.
For any violation by an employer after the second violation, the Director may impose a civil penalty of up to $1,500 for each referral of an individual for employment accepted from an employment agency not licensed under Section 1.5. If the first violation is not remedied within 30 days of notice by the Department, the Director may impose an additional civil penalty of up to $1,500 for every 30 days that passes thereafter.
(c) The Director of Labor may adopt rules for the conduct of hearings and collection of these penalties assessed under this Section in accordance with Section 12 of this Act. The amount of these penalties, when finally determined, may be recovered in a civil action brought by the Director of Labor in any circuit court. In any such action, the Director of Labor shall be represented by the Attorney General.
(Source: P.A. 99-422, eff. 1-1-16