IMG 6272 rSPRINGFIELD —Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) appeared at a press conference today with Rep. Carol Ammons to discuss the Responsible Job Creation Act, which was signed into law last week.

The new law puts in place a series of protections for day and temporary laborers as a way to address reported abuse.

“This bill was about achieving economic justice for all temporary workers,” Martinez said. “Both Democrats and Republicans knew this would be good for the economy and who heard the voices of workers who came to Springfield to educate us about the temp industry and the abuses they have endured and continue to endure.”

The new law makes the following changes to the current day and temporary labor system:

• requires day and temporary labor service agencies to prove a notice to workers detailing the types of equipment, protective clothing, and training that are required for the task;
• mandates that if a day or temporary laborer is provided transportation to the worksite, the laborer must be provided transportation back;
• prohibits a day and temporary labor service agency from charging the worker for any consumer report, criminal background check or drug test;
• requires a day and temporary labor service agency to attempt to place a current temporary laborer in a permanent position with a third part client when the client informs the agency of its plan to hire a permanent employee for that position; and
• mandates reporting requirements for gender and race of day and temporary laborers to the Illinois Department of Labor.

The legislators were joined by temporary workers who had advocated for the measure. The new law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

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