The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has been in effect since 2008. There has been little awareness of this law until this year. Between July 2017 and October 2017, there have been at least 26 class action suits filed in the Illinois state courts by employees against their employers alleging violations of the Act. Companies being sued have included Intercontinental Hotels, Mariano's, Zayo Group, Peacock Foods, Superior Air Ground Ambulance Service, Bob Evans Restaurants, Hyatt Corp. and Alliance Ground International.
The Illinois Freedom to Work Act went into effect on January 1, 2017 (820 ILCS 90). The Act is said to have been passed in response to Jimmy John's requiring employees to sign non-compete agreements that restricted the employees from being employed at businesses located with 2 or 3 miles of Jimmy John's locations if the business obtained more than 10% of their revenue from the sale of menu items similar to the Jimmy John's menu items.