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Ban the Box

The following section of Public Act 098-0774, passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2014 was an attempt to give individuals with a background a higher chance to be employed. However, what ends up happening most often is that any felony, regardless of the nature of the felony means that an applicant can't pass a background check and in many cases is automatically denied employment.  The intent was good, but in this way, it requires a person with a felony to successfully go all the way through the hiring process only to still be denied employment when the background check comes back.  I've seen this happen to my son over and over again and it is disheartening. This is where one of my biggest battles is.  This is where I repeatedly tell my son, don't give up while trying to be strong so he won't see how broken I am.  As such, I move that we reconsider the penalty for victimless, non-violent acts.

Section 15. Employer pre-screening.
(a) An employer or employment agency may not inquire about
or into, consider, or require disclosure of the criminal record
or criminal history of an applicant until the applicant has
been determined qualified for the position and notified that
the applicant has been selected for an interview by the
employer or employment agency or, if there is not an interview,
until after a conditional offer of employment is made to the
applicant by the employer or employment agency.

Bill Status of HB5701. (4/13/2020). Retrieved from Illinois General Assembly: DocNum=5701&GAID=12&GA=98&DocTypeID=HB&LegID=80913&SessionID=85&SpecSess=

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