May 30, 2019
June 1 marks a year since new staffing industry regulations took effect in Illinois under the Responsible Job Creation Act. Provisions of the law aim to address hiring discrimination, strengthen workplace safety, eliminate burdensome fees, and encourage more temp-to-hire conversions for the state’s 800,000 temporary workers.
Briefly, the law requires staffing agencies to:
In addition, staffing agencies are prohibited from charging workers for criminal background checks, credit reports, drug tests, transportation or check cashing.
Now, building on the legislation, the Chicago Workers Collaborative is urging the Illinois Department of Labor to create a “Seal of Approval” system that would recognize and reward staffing companies that comply with the law, and persuade local governments to mandate the use of approved staffing businesses by municipal contractors.
Alliance member John Hess, president of Hess Advantage based in Illinois, said he favors a seal of approval. “It does add credibility to a lot of organizations that are mission-driven. And I think there’s no doubt that there are some bad players in the industry.”