Jewel-Osco has decided to wait to ask job applicants about their criminal histories until the final stages of hiring, a practice that many other Illinois business would have to adopt if a bill pending in the legislature is approved.
The company said it aims to find the best possible candidates for the job without quickly discriminating against those with felony convictions, who may be upstanding members of the community.
House Bill 5701, known as the “Best Candidate for the Job Act,” would bar businesses with 15 employees or more from inquiring about, or requiring applicants to disclose, their criminal records before offering the individual a job interview or a conditional offer of employment. After an interview is offered, the employer would be free to conduct a background check.
The bill, with a hearing scheduled Wednesday in Springfield, has passed the House and is expected to win approval from the Senate.
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