Illinois employers now have yet another law to navigate. The state human rights statute now bans discrimination based on a candidate’s or employee’s criminal conviction unless the employer can show a “substantial relationship” exists between the conviction and the job or that the employment would involve an “unreasonable risk” to property or safety.
Conviction Records Now Protected
On March 23, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1480, which makes important changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). The new provisions took effect immediately.