SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A measure cosponsored by state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, to protect job seekers from being discriminated against by potential employers based upon past salaries, was recently sent to the governor’s desk.
“I think that this is a very important piece of legislation, especially when taking into consideration the layoffs that may have happened as a result of the state budget impasse,” said Phelps. “When folks that have been laid off begin searching for a new job, the last thing that they should have to worry about is not receiving a new job simply based upon their past income.”
Phelps’ measure, House Bill 2462, passed both the Illinois House and Senate with strong bipartisan support. This legislation makes several important changes by prohibiting employers from screening job applicants based on their past salary history, prohibiting the requirements that an applicant’s prior wages meet a minimum or maximum criteria, and prohibiting the requirement that applicants disclose their past salaries in order to be considered.
“I think that this measure is a step in the right direction to help address the unemployment epidemic in our state, especially here in Southern Illinois,” continued Phelps. “I urge the governor to sign this bill and help unemployed folks get back to work sooner.”
If you have questions or for more information, please call Phelps’ constituent service office at (618) 253-4189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.