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dir="ltr">A measure to require Illinois employers give employees paid sick leave could come up for consideration in a committee next week, but a small business group would like to see some changes to the bill.
The measure would require all private sector businesses in Illinois to pay employees for the sick time they take. It was scheduled for a hearing Thursday but wasn’t brought up. It could come back up in committee next week. As the bill is now, National Federation of Independent Business Illinois State Director Mark Grant said they’re opposed. They’re looking to amend the bill by removing small businesses with fewer employees from the requirement.
“Well right now we’re asking for 25 [employees] or under,” Grant said. “I don’t know if any will get exempted, but for us to begin to look at maybe coming over and maybe not supporting the bill all the way, but at least being neutral.”
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Grant said he looks forward to sitting down with bill sponsor state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth to discuss proposed changes. Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Another measure called the Employee Background Fairness Act would regulate how employers use background checks. The National Federation of Independent Business has also raised questions about that bill.
The measure would prohibit employers from considering juvenile records, participation in diversion and deferral programs that aren't considered criminal records but still show up on background checks, or any infractions less than a misdemeanor office, such as local ordinance violations, among other provisions.
Advocate Quintin Williams told a House committee Thursday there’s also a need for transparency.
“Although people have the ability to contest inaccuracy of these reports, due to the lack of transparency of employers, applicants sometimes don’t know the specific reasons they were denied employment,” Williams said.
Grant said the concept is well-intentioned, but said business owners have concerns.
“If you follow all the rules yet something happens that you aren’t ready for as a business owner, you can be held liable for it,” Grant said.
The Employee Background Fairness Act was discussed in a subject-matter hearing. No action was taken.