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University Student Athlete Employees

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HB 329 amends the University of Illinois Act, the Southern Illinois University Management Act, the Chicago State University Law, the Eastern Illinois University Law, the Governors State University Law, the Illinois State University Law, the Northeastern Illinois University Law, the Northern Illinois University Law and the Western Illinois University Law.

HB 329 requires each university to classify a student athlete of any of the top three financially profitable intercollegiate athletic programs at the university as an employee of the university. The university must pay the student athlete a minimum of $25,000 per academic year, but the work hours and work schedule of the student athlete are at the discretion of the university. Additionally, HB 329 allows the university to classify a student athlete of any of the other intercollegiate athletic programs of the university as an employee of the university, and allows the pay, work hours, and work schedule of the student athlete to be determined by the university.

Section 15-107 of the Illinois Pension Code defines an employee for purposes of participation in SURS. Generally, Section 15-107 requires employment to be “permanent and continuous” in order for an employee to participate in SURS. Public Acts 99-830 and 99-897 (effective January 1, 2017) prospectively gave the SURS Board of Trustees the ability to determine whether a person is an employee covered under SURS. SURS is currently developing administrative rules to assist in determining whether a person is an employee eligible to participate in SURS.

HB 329 takes effect on July 1, 2019.

Sponsor: 
Representative Thaddeus Jones