The posting of the new Illinois Human Trafficking notice has gained increased attention among restaurant and bar owners in Illinois.
The posted information is designed to serve as a resource for victims of human trafficking, who often do not know where to turn for assistance or may be too intimidated to ask for help. Failure to comply with the law can result in a civil penalty of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
Please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act page for more information and to print the notice.
1. Who Must Post a Public Notice
On the premise consumption retailer licensees under the Liquor Control Act of 1934 where the sale of alcoholic liquor is the principal business carried on by the licensee at the premises and primary to the sale of food.
Adult entertainment facilities
Intercity passenger rail or light rail station
Truck Stops. For the purposes of this Act, “truck stop” means a privately-owned and operated facility that provides food, fuel, shower or other sanitary facilities, and lawful overnight truck parking.
Emergency rooms within general acute care hospitals
Urgent Care Centers
Farm labor contractors
Privately-operated job recruitment centers
2. Where Must the Public Notice Be Posted
The specified business or other establishment must post a 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.
3. What Languages the Public Notices Must Contain
The specified businesses and other establishments must post the notice in English, Spanish, and in one other language that is the most widely spoken language in the county where the establishment is located and for which translation is mandated by the federal Voting Rights Act, as applicable. This does not require a business or other establishment in a county where a language other than English or Spanish is the most widely spoken language to print the notice in more than one language in addition to English and Spanish.