Public Act 099-0099 an Act Concerning Human Trafficking - Posting of Public Notices Regarding Victims of Slavery and Human Trafficking
Victims of human trafficking often do not know where to turn for assistance and can be too intimidated to ask for help. Public Act 099-0099 requires specified businesses and other establishments, as of January 1, 2016, to post a notice informing the public and victims of human trafficking of telephone hotline numbers to seek help or report unlawful activity. There are specific posting mandates, language requirements, and penalties for failure to post. The mandated notice is available on this website for downloading. Each mandated business is required to post the notice in English and Spanish. In addition, for businesses located in specific counties, a third language posting is required.
The mandated posting provides victims of human trafficking with essential information on where to obtain assistance. The posting also provides critical information to the public on how to report suspected human trafficking.
Summary of Public Notice Requirements
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
- Primary airports
- Intercity passenger rail or light rail stations
- Bus stations
- 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.
4. The Model Public Notice
The Illinois Department of Human Services has developed a model notice available for download.
Model Notice English and Spanish (pdf)
Model Notice Polish (pdf)
Model Notice French (pdf)
Model Notice Chinese (pdf)
Model Notice Korean (pdf)
Model Notice Urdu (pdf)
Model Notice Vietnamese (pdf)
Model Notice Tagalog (pdf)
Model Notice Arabic (pdf)
Model Notice Gujarati (pdf)
Model Notice Hindi (pdf)
Model Notice Thai (pdf)
Model Notice Macedonian (pdf)
Model Notice Farsi (pdf)
5. Liability and Penalty for Failing to Post the Public Notice
Businesses or establishments identified in #1 that fail to comply with the requirements of this act is liable for a civil penalty of $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
Public Act 099-0099
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