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EMPLOYMENT
(820 ILCS 90/) Illinois Freedom to Work Act.

820 ILCS 90/1

    (820 ILCS 90/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Illinois Freedom to Work Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-860, eff. 1-1-17.)

820 ILCS 90/5

    (820 ILCS 90/5)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. In this Act:
    "Covenant not to compete" means an agreement:
        (1) between an employer and a low-wage employee that
    
restricts such low-wage employee from performing:
            (A) any work for another employer for a specified
        
period of time;
            (B) any work in a specified geographical area; or
            (C) work for another employer that is similar to
        
such low-wage employee's work for the employer included as a party to the agreement; and
        (2) that is entered into after the effective date of
    
this Act.
    "Employer" has the meaning given to such term in subsection (c) of Section 3 of the Minimum Wage Law. "Employer" does not include governmental or quasi-governmental bodies.
    "Low-wage employee" means an employee who earns the greater of (1) the hourly rate equal to the minimum wage required by the applicable federal, State, or local minimum wage law or (2) $13.00 per hour.
(Source: P.A. 99-860, eff. 1-1-17.)

820 ILCS 90/10

    (820 ILCS 90/10)
    Sec. 10. Prohibiting covenants not to compete for low-wage employees.
    (a) No employer shall enter into a covenant not to compete with any low-wage employee of the employer.
    (b) A covenant not to compete entered into between an employer and a low-wage employee is illegal and void.
(Source: P.A. 99-860, eff. 1-1-17.)