Full Text of SB2481 102nd General Assembly
SB2481 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 2/26/2021, by Sen. Ram Villivalam
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Illinois Future of Work Act. Creates the Illinois Future
of Work Task Force. Provides for the duties and responsibilities of the
Task Force. Provides for the membership and meetings of the Task Force.
Provides that members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation.
Provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall
provide administrative support to the Task Force. Requires the Task Force
to submit a final report to the Governor and the General Assembly no later
than November 1, 2022. Dissolves the Task Force upon the filing of its
report. Repeals the Act on January 1, 2024. Effective immediately.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Illinois Future of Work Act.
Findings and declaration of policy.
Assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares the following:
(1) The future of work is a critically important
conversation for those currently in the workforce as well
as those looking to reenter or enter it as Illinois
contemplates an equitable economic recovery from the
(2) Policymakers at every level of government will be
required to deal with the concurrent crises of the
pandemic recovery, systemic inequities, and creating
good-paying jobs. Policymakers must be able to anticipate
the workforce policies and programs needed in the future
to combat poverty, inequality, and climate change.
(3) Rapid advancements in technology, specifically the
automation of jobs and expanded artificial intelligence
capability, have had and will continue to have a profound
impact on the type, quality, and number of jobs available
in our 21st century economy.
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(4) Automation and the rise of artificial intelligence
and predictive analytics will have major impacts on
industries and their jobs; from the service sector to
white collar positions, the impacts will be felt by
millions of workers in the United States.
(5) Despite the opportunities and challenges presented
by rapid advancements in technology, Illinois is a leader
in the innovation and development of technology. Illinois
has been an engine of progress, and it drives new products
that connect people across the globe, sparking economic
growth and building prosperity.
(6) Illinois has a large, diverse, and well-educated
labor force ready to meet the challenges it faces.
(7) Innovative partnerships across the private and
public sectors need to be created.
Illinois Future of Work Task Force; duties and
(a) The Illinois Future of Work Task Force is created. The
Task Force shall be proactive and plan for the future of work
while simultaneously addressing the state of work today.
(b) The duties and responsibilities of the Task Force
include the following:
(1) The Illinois Future of Work Task Force shall
identify and assess the new and emerging technologies that
have the potential to significantly affect employment,
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wages, and skill requirements.
(2) The Illinois Future of Work Task Force shall
develop a set of job standards and working conditions that
will ensure that future work in Illinois builds a vibrant
(3) The Illinois Future of Work Task Force shall
identify the potential jobs of the future and
opportunities to shape those jobs for the improvement of
life for all of Illinois.
(4) The Illinois Future of Work Task Force shall
compile research and best practices from other states and
countries on how to deploy technology to benefit workers
and the public good.
(5) The Illinois Future of Work Task Force shall
develop tools to assess the impact of proposed
technologies and evaluate their costs and benefits on
workers, employers, the public and the State.
(6) The Illinois Future of Work Task Force shall
identify policies and practices that will help businesses,
workers, and communities thrive economically throughout
the State of Illinois.
(7) The Illinois Future of Work Task Force shall
propose workforce development, training, education, and
apprenticeship programs for the jobs of the future.
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(a) The members of the Illinois Future of Work Task Force
shall include and represent the diversity of the people of
Illinois, and shall be composed of the following:
(1) four members appointed by the Senate President,
one of whom shall serve as a co-chair;
(2) four members appointed by the Minority Leader of
the Senate, one of whom shall serve as a co-chair;
(3) four members appointed by the Speaker of the House
of Representatives, one of whom shall serve as co-chair;
(4) four members appointed by the Minority Leader of
the House of Representatives, one of whom shall serve as a
(5) three members appointed by the Governor who each
represent either the business community, labor community,
or education community that advocate for job growth;
(6) three members appointed by the Governor whose
professional expertise is at the juncture of work and
(7) the Director of Labor, or his or her designee;
(8) the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,
or his or her designee;
(9) the Director of Employment Security, or his or her
(10) the Superintendent of the State Board of
Education, or his or her designee.
(b) Appointments for the Illinois Future of Work Task
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Force must be finalized by January 31, 2022. The Illinois
Future of Work Task Force shall hold one meeting per month for
a total of 9 meetings, and the first meeting must be held
within 30 days after appointments are finalized.
(c) Members of the Illinois Future of Work Task Force
shall serve without compensation.
(d) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
shall provide administrative support to the Task Force.
(a) The Illinois Future of Work Task Force shall issue a
report based upon its findings in the course of performing its
duties and responsibilities specified under Section 10. The
report shall be written by an independent authority with
subject matter expertise on the future of work.
(b) The Illinois Future of Work Task Force shall submit
its final report to the Governor and the General Assembly no
later than November 1, 2022, and is dissolved upon the filing
of its report.
This Act is repealed on January 1,
This Act takes effect upon