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Illinois employers now banned from conducting background checks on interviewees
IllinoisWatchdog.org ^ | 7/22/14 | Brady Cremeens

Posted on 07/28/2014 4:59:18 AM PDT by blueyon

CHICAGO – Employers in Illinois can no longer access criminal background checks on potential hires until after an interview is conducted.

Gov. Quinn signed into law this week a bill that prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job.

“Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job,” Governor Quinn said in a press release. “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. It will also help reduce recidivism, fight poverty and prevent violence in our communities by putting more people back to work.”

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TOPICS: Government; Local News; Miscellaneous; Politics
KEYWORDS: agenda; backgroundcheck; corruption; democrats; employers; govquinn; illinois; job; liberals; nuts; obama
What the heck is in the water out there...................
1 posted on 07/28/2014 4:59:18 AM PDT by blueyon
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To: blueyon

2 posted on 07/28/2014 5:03:58 AM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: blueyon
prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job.

Does this truly portray that the Governor of Illinois actually believes employers ask (and believe) applicants about their criminal backgrounds or is this just piss poor reporting?

Employers do these searches with online services. Many positions, including Chicago Public Schools I suspect, require clean background checks and a whiz quiz.

3 posted on 07/28/2014 5:04:36 AM PDT by IamConservative (If fighting fire with fire is a good idea, why do the pros use water?)
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To: blueyon

It is only a matter of time before felons are made a protected class, and affirmative action quotas are mandated for hiring felons.


4 posted on 07/28/2014 5:06:02 AM PDT by magellan
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To: blueyon

another attempt by the left to make the constitution a ‘living document’ and take the rights of these employers away.
Too bad it is such a burden for these folks trying to make money for themselves and employ and make money for their employees that they will just buck up and not take this to high courts.

here is a solution, a quick and dirty ‘First Interview’ of all the potential hires before doing the check. followed by the REAL interview after the check comes back clean.


5 posted on 07/28/2014 5:06:47 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: blueyon

Ok, great test to see if the promised BLOODBATH takes place.

...I, for one, will not be holding my breath.


6 posted on 07/28/2014 5:08:21 AM PDT by BobL
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To: blueyon

Too many convicted politicians looking for jobs to pay their court order re-imbursements.

No sane business would be on the hook for this crap


7 posted on 07/28/2014 5:09:00 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: blueyon

“by putting more people back to work”

But somebody would have gotten the job. So no net gain for employment.


8 posted on 07/28/2014 5:11:07 AM PDT by all the best
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To: Vaquero
Why would a company pay for background check without meeting first to determine if they would like to possibly continue with this person. It would be a total waste of money, so there has to be a bigger picture hidden here and more laws coming? Or more tracking and then more accused discrimination? I don't know but it just doesn't make sense, why would anyone pay before at least one meeting?
9 posted on 07/28/2014 5:15:51 AM PDT by GizzyGirl
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To: blueyon

Criminals constitute a sarge and rapidly-growing segment of the Democrat base, so of course he needs to cater to their needs.


10 posted on 07/28/2014 5:16:59 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: magellan

The employer just has to reframe the question...

Are you bondable? Are you insurable against theft?


11 posted on 07/28/2014 5:20:53 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: Nailbiter

Sounds like “We can’t tell you whats in it until you pass it” Pelosi

As someone who does background checks all the time this is utter stupidity. You do the background check BEFORE you enter into ANY type of relationship. I know I don’t have to tell you guys why but damn they are just asking for a lawsuit for negligence or hiring someone that is completely incompetent or has a bad history of criminal behavior that could very badly impact your business. Hell you wouldn’t hire a pedophile to be a daycare worker, a thief to work in any position where he enters into people’s homes, a rapist to work at a Women’ rehab facility, an embezzler to be the CFO of a company, etc... We have some real idiots running this country right now...


12 posted on 07/28/2014 5:23:05 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: blueyon

So... a daycare can’t do a background check on a prospective employee to see if he isn’t convicted of sexual abuse of a child?


13 posted on 07/28/2014 5:23:14 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: Zeppo

Gov. Quinn signed into law this week a bill that prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job.

Looks like he likes to surrounded by like people - Oh wait for elected crooks this policy does not apply, what a big surprise since they are guarded by special people who have been fully veted and have had fully background checks performed.

Notice how it applies ONLY to private sector.


14 posted on 07/28/2014 5:25:33 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: GizzyGirl
Could it be a first step in making background checks illegal? Could it give a person who reached the step of a background check a chance to scream "discrimination" if it's deemed by some court or law that's in place that the offense is not enough to get the person disqualified?

I'm just guessing. I'd think that anything that interferes with the hiring process can only lead to bad places.

15 posted on 07/28/2014 5:26:16 AM PDT by grania
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To: GizzyGirl

I do a lot of ‘checking’ before sitting down with a potential employee these days.

I look at everything on their resume/application, make a few phone calls to references, check their social media, and if all that is clean...authorize a background check and credit check.

People who work for me have access to clients homes when the client is either not home, away on business, or on vacation. If they are already telling fibs on the resume/application...their out and no, I don’t want to waste time interviewing them or fielding repeat phone calls from them to find out if the got the job.

Is it time and money well spent for me to do all this...before the first interview? Yup!


16 posted on 07/28/2014 5:27:12 AM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: Nailbiter

“No sane business would be on the hook for this crap”......

No sane business owner would keep a business located in Illinois. Move out as fast as possible.


17 posted on 07/28/2014 5:35:39 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: blueyon
What an idiotic, feel-good, but do-nothing but waste time and money law. From a liberal, not a surprise.

So potential employers must first invest the time and energy to conduct an interview and determine if a candidate is qualified for a job. Then they are allowed to do a criminal background check etc. only to find that the applicant has some disqualifying conviction in his/her past.

If employers are not going to or simply cannot hire someone with certain criminal convictions then delaying this check until further down the hiring process just wastes everyone's time and money and no Gov. it isn't really going to give anyone more of a chance. You can't change the past. Bad decisions and bad character are what they are.

18 posted on 07/28/2014 5:54:37 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: blueyon

it appears our ex-governors realized they need jobs


19 posted on 07/28/2014 5:57:01 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: blueyon

Good news for ex-Illinois governors.


20 posted on 07/28/2014 5:57:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: blueyon
RE :”CHICAGO – Employers in Illinois can no longer access criminal background checks on potential hires until after an interview is conducted.’

That wastes some of the employers time but they can still reject them for it.

In Maryland, many criminal court records are posted online in public records, even speeding tickets and divorce.

21 posted on 07/28/2014 5:58:23 AM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: dfwgator

Exactly. This is an Illinois Governors’ and Elected Officials Protection Act. And I’m sure it has bipartisan support.


22 posted on 07/28/2014 6:06:40 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: blueyon
criminal background checks on potential hires until after an interview is conducted. ...... a bill that prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job.

Idiot journalist.

These are two completely different things. In my experience, background checks are very rarely done on people until we've decided to hire them. Why? Because they cost money. So if that's what the law prohibits, it's completely useless.

Asking, "Have you ever been convicted of a felony? If yes, explain." on a job application is completely different. If that's what the law prohibits, it's completely asinine. For instance, (at an extreme example) I'd never hire a convicted child molester to work in a day care. Doesn't matter how "Well-qualified" and "Rehabilitated" the person is.

23 posted on 07/28/2014 6:13:03 AM PDT by wbill
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To: blueyon

Another reason to move your company out of IL. What in the world are they thinking???


24 posted on 07/28/2014 6:19:03 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: blueyon

How to destroy industry AND prevent new industry and job creation:

Lesson #1......


25 posted on 07/28/2014 6:21:55 AM PDT by Flintlock (Deport them ALLLL!)
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To: blueyon
“Everyone deserves a second chance when it comes to getting a job

The trouble is it may not be a 'second' chance. We have career criminals that shouldn't even be on the streets.

26 posted on 07/28/2014 7:18:11 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: blueyon

Illinois is bordered by Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana. So why not “outsource” your employment screening just over state lines?

Not the whole business, just the office that handles new hires. And if it ends up hiring people in those other states willing to relocate to Illinois, no problem.


27 posted on 07/28/2014 7:31:09 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: blueyon

Illinois, Protector of Crime. Illinois becoming a conscious haven for criminals.


28 posted on 07/28/2014 8:00:54 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: GizzyGirl

your logic is sound. of course it is no business of the government to make the determination that it does not make economic sense.
Like you said....there must be something else in the wind....the bigger picture as you say.


29 posted on 07/28/2014 9:40:13 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: blueyon

Anyone see the ad the leftist are running 24/7 against Greg Abbott on this very same subject? About the Vacuum salesman rape?


30 posted on 08/28/2014 7:21:08 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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