What Illinois Schools Need to Know About the New Illinois Law on Background Checks

Hinshaw School Law Alert

August 1, 2014
Hinshaw School Law Alert

The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, 30 ILCS 105/5.855, was recently signed into law by Governor Quinn and requires a certain process for private employers when conducting pre-employment background checks on applicants. Notably, this law only applies to private, non-governmental employers and specifically does not apply when the entity is subject to separate laws that require them to exclude applicants with certain criminal convictions. As you know, the Illinois School Code prohibits the hiring of individuals who have been convicted of certain criminal offenses. As such, public schools and those subject to the Illinois School Code are not subject to this new law. If you have any questions about the potential implications of this or any other legislative action, please contact Kathryn Vander Broek or your regular Hinshaw school law attorney.

This alert has been prepared by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. It is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific situation or to create an attorney-client relationship.

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