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Big Win for Those Fighting for Temp Worker’s Rights

Posted on: June 19th, 2017 by Romanucci & Blandin

Temporary workers in Illinois have something to celebrate.  On April 27th, the House of Representatives passed the Responsible Job Creations Act with a veto-proof majority.  The act will now go to the state Senate to be voted on as a law.

Temporary workers make up a substantial portion of our nation’s workforce.  There are almost 3 million temp workers right now, and in Illinois, about 3.38% of the workforce consist of temporary workers.  Even though they are such a large part of our economy, they aren’t treated with the same respect and regard as direct-hire employees and temp agencies often take advantage of the workers.  Many workers earn less money than permeant workers, do not get any health care benefits, and are at risk of being fired for getting hurt on the job.

The Responsible Jobs Creates Act is working to change that.  Under this act, temp agencies would be required to:

  • Not charge workers for background checks, drug tests, and credit checks.
  • Inform all temporary workers about safety equipment, work gear, and any other necessary instructions about their job.
  • Give demographic information about their hired workers to the Illinois Department of Labor.
  • Give rides back from jobs that workers needed transportation to in the first place.
  • Work to put temporary hires into permanent positions if they become available.

These requirements will keep workers safe on the job as well as give them the basic rights they deserve.  With such strong support from the House and the work of sponsor Rep. Carol Ammons, there is high hope that the Responsible Job Creations Act will soon become law here in Illinois.

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