Illinois Telecommuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Illinois Telecommuting: What you need to know

The Voluntary Employee Commute Options Emission Reduction Credit Act provides certain employers the opportunity to implement voluntary employee commute programs. These programs enable employers to obtain emissions reductions that are creditable toward the level of emissions reductions required under the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 for the post-1996 period. The Act covers employers in the Chicago ozone nonattainment area that operate stationary sources. These employers may implement voluntary programs to encourage the use of carpooling, mass transit, vanpooling, telecommuting, compressed-work workweeks, clean fuel vehicles, and other measures that either reduce the number of commuting trips by their employees or reduce the emissions associated with those commuting trips so that they create emissions reduction credits (625 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 33/1 et seq.). Employers can obtain more information on voluntary commute programs from the Department of Transportation.
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An employer must reimburse an employee for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred within the employee’s scope of employment and directly related to services performed for the employer (Ill. Comp. Stat. ch. 820, § 115.9.5). Necessary expenditures include all reasonable expenditures that inure to the primary benefit of the employer.
Under Illinois law, employees who work at least 7 1/2 continuous hours are entitled to at least 20 minutes for a meal period within 5 hours of the start of work (Ill. Comp. Stat. ch. 820 § 140/3). This provision applies neither to employees whose meal periods ...

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