Temporary Workers May Receive More Protection Under New Bill

A new House bill, which passed out of committee, would stop requiring workers to pay for their own background and criminal checks when applying for jobs. (WICS photojournalist Jon Jenkins)

Temporary workers in Illinois are one step closing to having more protection when it comes to working with temp service agencies.

A new House bill, which passed out of committee, would stop requiring workers to pay for their own background and criminal checks when applying for jobs.

Companies would also have to let temporary employees work under the same conditions as full time employees, such as providing transportation to and from job sites.

"We are happy today to let the people of Illinois who are temporary workers that number some 840,000 people," Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, said. We want them to know that we'll continue to work to improve their conditions."

Representative Carol Ammons said Thursday, that justice has long been denied for temporary workers.

The bill now goes to the House floor.

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