With the new year 2020, Illinois has many new laws that went into effect. While many are aware of Illinois’ legalization of recreational marijuana, many families with young children may not be aware that effective January 1, 2010, Illinois now requires diaper changing stations in many restrooms. Illinois’ new family-friendly restroom law that requires most public places to have at least one “safe, sanitary, convenient, and publicly accessible” baby diaper changing station accessible to men and women in restrooms.
Restaurants, stores and other buildings with public restrooms in Illinois must have at least one baby diaper changing station under HB 3711. The new Illinois law requires buildings to either have a station in both a women’s and men’s restroom or a station in a unisex restroom. Building owners must also display a sign near restroom entrances to show that a sanitary and safe changing station is inside.
The new family-friendly restroom law amended Illinois’ new Equitable Restrooms Act in support of the American Disability Act (ADA) that protects the rights of disabled Americans, and was advocated by dads and parenting groups so that fathers would have a safe place to care for young children, including children with disabilities or special needs. The new law does not apply to industrial buildings, bars who prohibit anyone under 18 years of age, a health facility’s bathroom intended for one patient at a time, or a renovation where a local building inspector grants an exemption because installation is not feasible or impacts disability access.
Do you have questions about how Illinois protects children with special needs? Our experienced attorneys understand applicable laws and advise you on the best options to protect a disabled adult or child. Contact the Estate & Probate Legal Group at 630.800.0112.