Illinois Amendment to “Ban the Box” Law Would Impact Employers in their Use of Criminal Records

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In January 2021, the Illinois legislature passed Senate Bill 1480 (SB 1480) to amend the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) that would impact employers under the state’s “Ban the Box” law that prevents employers from asking job applicants about criminal histories on applications. The bill was sent…

Illinois Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act Provides Rights to Jobseekers Undergoing AI Analysis

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In August of 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the “Artificial Intelligence Video Interview Act” (House Bill 2557) which will provide rights to jobseekers undergoing an application process that involves video interviews and artificial intelligence or AI analysis. The law takes effect on January 1, 2020. House…

Many Universities Still Ask Student Applicants about Criminal History despite Growth of Ban the Box Movement

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Despite the rapid growth of “Ban the Box” laws in America that remove questions about criminal history from job applications to help ex-offenders find work, many U.S. universities continue to ask student applicants about their criminal history as “a necessary security precaution,” according to a report from…

Illinois Governor Issues Administrative Order to State Agencies to Ban the Box for Hiring

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has issued Administrative Order 2013-1 to ‘Ban the Box’ and prohibit state agencies under his jurisdiction from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before evaluating their knowledge, skills, and abilities for the job. The administrative order is available in PDF format at http://www.illinois.gov/Government/ExecOrders/Documents/2013/adminorder-2013-1.pdf.