(820 ILCS 125/1)
(from Ch. 48, par. 198.1)
As used in this Act:
"Department" means the Department of Labor.
"Director" means the Director of the Department of Labor.
"Wage Board" means a board created as provided in this
"Woman" means a female of 18 years or over.
"Minor" means a person under the age of 18 years.
"Occupation" means an industry, trade or business or branch thereof or
class of work therein in which women or minors are gainfully employed, but
does not include domestic service in the home of the employer or labor on a
"An oppressive and unreasonable wage" means a wage which is both less
than the fair and reasonable value of the services rendered and less than
sufficient to meet the minimum cost of living necessary for health.
"A fair wage" means a wage fairly and reasonably commensurate with the
value of the services or class of service rendered. In establishing a
minimum fair wage for any service or class of service under this Act the
Department and the wage board without being bound by any technical rules of
evidence or procedure (1) may take into account all relevant circumstances
affecting the value of the service or class of service rendered, and (2)
be guided by like considerations as would guide a court in a suit for the
reasonable value of services rendered where services are rendered at the
request of an employer without contract as to the amount of the wage to be
paid, and (3) may consider the wages paid in the State for work of like or
comparable character by employers who voluntarily maintain minimum fair
"A directory order" means an order the nonobservance of which may be
published as provided in Section 9 of this Act.
"A mandatory order" means an order the violation of which is subject to
the penalties prescribed in paragraph 2 of Section 15 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)