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Full Text of HB4417  103rd General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Section
527-23.17 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/27-23.17 new)
7    Sec. 27-23.17. Workplace Readiness Week.
8    (a) Beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, all public
9high schools, including charter schools, may designate and
10annually observe a week known as "Workplace Readiness Week".
11During that week, students shall be provided information on
12their rights as workers. The topics covered shall include, but
13are not limited to, local, State, and federal laws regarding
14each of the following areas and shall include the labor
15movement's role in winning the protections and benefits
16described in those areas:
17        (1) Prohibitions against misclassification of
18    employees as independent contractors.
19        (2) Child labor.
20        (3) Wage and hour protections.
21        (4) Worker safety.
22        (5) Workers' compensation.
23        (6) Unemployment insurance.



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1        (7) Paid sick leave and paid family leave.
2        (8) The right to organize a union in the workplace.
3        (9) Prohibitions against retaliation by employers when
4    workers exercise their rights as workers or any other
5    rights guaranteed by law.
6    During Workplace Readiness Week, students shall also be
7provided information introducing them to State-approved
8apprenticeship programs, how to access them, the variety of
9programs available, and how they can provide an alternative
10career path for those students who choose not to attend a
11traditional higher education program.
12    (b) If a school observes Workplace Readiness Week under
13this Section, then, for students in grades 11 and 12, the
14information required to be provided in subsection (a) shall be
15integrated into the regular school program but may also be
16provided during special events after regular school hours.
17Integration into the regular school program is encouraged, but
18not required, to occur during Workplace Readiness Week.
19    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
20becoming law.