U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Inventorying Employment Restrictions Task Force Final Report

NCJ Number
Date Published
June 2013
438 pages
This is the final report of the Illinois Task Force on Inventorying Employment Restrictions, which was created and legislatively mandated to review the State's statutes, administrative rules, policies, and practices that restrict the employment of persons with a criminal history and then present findings and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly by July 1, 2013.
The Task Force supports the employment principles specified in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC's) Law Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Task Force presents a set of recommendations that may be voluntarily adopted and others that require policy actions by the Illinois General Assembly and the Office of the Governor. The Task Force recommends that the State expand its Human Rights Act to adopt the EEOC recommendation that for State hiring purposes, "employers not ask about convictions on job applications and that if and when they make such inquiries, they be limited to convictions for which exclusion would be job-related for the position in question and consistent with business necessity." Other recommendations address criminal history background checks, a review process for the evaluation of job candidate's criminal record information, the publication of agency restrictions and review procedures, resources for individual applicants, and resources for hiring and licensing agencies. 1 figure, 6 tables, and appended enabling legislation and supplementary details