Some Illinois employers may not aware that as of January 1, 2016, they are required to post an official Illinois Human Trafficking Poster in their place of business (775 ILCS 50/5). The signage requirement applies to venues and industries that are frequently exposed to human trafficking.
- Restaurants that sell alcoholic beverages;
- Adult entertainment facilities;
- Primary airports;
- Intercity passenger rail or light rail stations;
- Bus stations;
- Truck stops;
- Emergency rooms within general acute care hospitals;
- Urgent care centers;
- Farm labor contractors; and
- Private job recruitment centers.
Covered Illinois businesses must post the notice in a conspicuous place near the public entrance of the establishment or in another conspicuous location in clear view of the public and employees where similar notices are customarily posted. The notices must be posted in both English and Spanish. Employers that fail to properly post the notice are liable for a civil penalty of $500 for a first offense, and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
Illinois joins several other states that require certain businesses to post a Human Trafficking hotline poster, including:
- New Mexico
- Florida (under development).
Some or all employers may be required to post a Human Trafficking poster. Click on a state poster link to learn more about the law.