Tabares Joins Effort to Expand Protections for Illinois Workers

March 8, 2017

"SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Silvana Tabares, D-Chicago, is fighting for legislation that expands protections for day and temporary laborers.“An unfortunate trend that we have seen since the Great Recession is the rise temporary employment,” said Tabares. “We have laws in place to protect full-time employees in the workplace, but often these temporary workers employed through third-party agencies are left uncovered. My hope is that this legislation would bridge current gaps between temporary and full-time employment.”Tabares is sponsoring House Bill 690, which would address current gaps in employment law which result in temporary workers receiving fewer legal protections. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, temporary workers are more likely to earn lower wages than full-time employees. Tabares’ bill would ensure pay and benefit equity by requiring that temporary workers may not make less than a permanent employee for the same type of work. Among other things, the legislation would also require third-party staffing agencies to provide workers with health and safety training, and proper scheduling of assignments, which is something staffing agencies are often criticized for failing to provide.“I am determined to continue advancing measures that prioritize hardworking men and women, not corporate profits,” said Tabares. “If the governor is serious about improving the lives of working families, I urge him to work with us so we could address these gaps and make it harder for companies to replace full-time workers with temporary ones.”

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