The Governor of Illinois has signed Senate Bill 1480 into regulation. This regulation establishes important pay reporting necessities for companies with greater than 100 workers and larger protections for whistleblowers. Nevertheless, most significantly, it considerably limits the usage of felony historical past in making employment choices concerning job candidates and present workers.
The regulation amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to forbid employers from utilizing conviction historical past in opposition to an worker or applicant until any file of conviction reveals a considerable relationship to the job or their employment that might pose an unreasonable threat of hurt to property, people, or most people.
Employers should additionally contemplate:
- The time since conviction
- The variety of convictions
- The character and seriousness of the conviction
- The circumstances of the conviction
- The age of the worker at its time
- Rehabilitation efforts
If the employer chooses to take opposed motion primarily based on the conviction file, they would wish to tell the person of their preliminary choice, the conviction that brought on it, the conviction historical past report if relevant, and the person’s rights, together with that to doubtlessly alter the choice.
If employers nonetheless select to take opposed motion, they’ve 5 enterprise days to reply. They would wish to tell the person of the conviction that brought on the choice together with their reasoning, procedures to problem or request reconsideration, and their proper to file costs with the Illinois Division of Human Rights.