Legislative Alert – July 28th, 2014

Legislative Alert – July 28th, 2014

By Jennifer Gladstone

Ban The Box

ban the boxThe state of Illinois joins the wave of banning the box.  Governor Pat Quinn signed the  initiative into law, which is intended to help ex-offenders applying for jobs in the private sector.  Employers and employment agencies must now hold off on criminal background checks until after applicants are deemed qualified for the job in question.

Last year, Governor Quinn used an administrative order to require the same considerations for those applying for employment with the state. “Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job,” Governor Quinn said. “This law will help ensure that people across Illinois get a fair shot to reach their full potential through their skills and qualifications, rather than past history.”  The governor also says the law will help reduce recidivism, fight poverty and prevent violence by putting more people back to work.

Illinois’s Ban the Box law goes into effect January 1, 2015.

E-Verify Updated in Spanish

The Spanish-language version of the E-Verify website has been redesigned to match the upgraded English site.  The changes to the English site were released in October.  The upgrades include new features, graphics and more “plain language content.”

A new Customer Support and Federal Contractors section has been added.  The updates were made to help employers and workers whose native language is Spanish.

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Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone is a news anchor and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in front of the camera. She's worked in several markets, large and small, and has performed nearly every task needed in a newsroom. As EBI’s Screening News Editor, she keeps EBI’s customers and blog subscribers up to date on the latest screening news and legislative alerts affecting companies of all sizes.

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