Bill could limit criminal background checks on job seekers
Finding work after incarceration can be very challenging. Even if someone has served their time and, by many measures is reformed, some employers are still hesitant when it comes to hiring a person with a criminal record. One company that has taken steps against this bias is the grocery chain Jewel-Osco. They no longer list the "felony question" on job applications. And now, a new bill has passed through the Illinois House stating employers "may not inquire into or require disclosure of a job applicant's criminal record or criminal history." The bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Rita Mayfield, explains.