ILLINOIS GRAPPLES WITH RISE IN CONTINGENT WORKFORCE

"Illinois State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, proposed the Responsible Job Creation Act, HB690, in January to ensure staffing agencies offer a living wage, and to increase transparency in hiring practices.“We need good, responsible jobs in the state,” Ammons said in a press conference in Chicago on Thursday, adding that companies’ reliance on temporary jobs has repercussions in the state as low wages mean less money to spend in the local economy, and a smaller tax base to support schools and other services.The bill would require temporary laborers to be paid at the same rate as permanent employees performing the same or similar work, and would require third-party clients of agencies to conduct a job hazard analysis for each job to which a laborer might be sent."

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