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What the Responsible Job Creation Act means for Illinois

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Temporary staffing agencies in Illinois are coming to terms with the introduction of new legislation that will impact organizations across the state, and potentially far beyond, in the months and years to come.

The Responsible Job Creation Act was the brainchild of State Representative Carol Ammons and includes 30 provisions to toughen staffing industry regulations under the existing Day Labor Services Act.

What the change means for Illinois

Designed to increase protections for temporary workers across Illinois, the new legislation requires that all temporary staff receive the same wages and benefits as individuals hired directly by a company.

It is a bill designed to close the enforcement gap of unregulated staffing agencies in the state and to support the creation of more, "stable, permanent, living-wage jobs" that will help in the protection of vulnerable workers, as well as increasing transparency in hiring. 

Figures collated by the American Staffing Association show there are currently more than 800,000 temporary workers in the state of Illinois and Ms. Ammons believes this new legislation could make a significant positive impact for this group in the years ahead.

"People need permanent jobs," she stated. "They need stability and they need essential security for their families."

Indeed, a recent study carried out by ProPublica revealed the issue of, 'perma-temping' is one that this legislation will aim to address, with a significant proportion of temporary staff working for the same company year after year on rolling contracts. However, until now, this group have not received the same rights and employee protections as permanent members of staff.

Potential impact for recruiters across the country

What the introduction of this new legislation means for the wider recruiter market across the whole of the nation is not yet clear, but it does highlight a growing need for businesses to take into account the needs of temporary and contingent workers in today's changing economic landscape.

At Allegis Global Solutions (AGS), we are committed to ensuring a fair deal for all of our clients, both in delivering the best-quality candidates for our business contacts and by ensuring the best possible terms of employment for all job seekers.

The impact of the Responsible Job Creation Act could therefore be far-reaching and may have a considerable impact on the costs of recruiting temporary staff for some businesses in the future. That said, ensuring a higher quality of life and standard of living for this essential segment of the national workforce can only be a good thing.

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    As an operations manager for Allegis Global Solutions (AGS), Molly Abbott oversees the North America operations for one of our Fortune 500 client’s global managed services (MSP) program. Within this role, Molly is responsible for overseeing the operations team, as well as the end-to-end agency program lifecycle. This includes strategy and innovation, vendor management, labor market analysis, cost savings, compliance, diversity initiatives, and data analytics. Initially, Molly joined AGS in 2011 as a staffing specialist for the same client, where she helped manage the requisition process lifecycle. She also acted as a talent advisor to support the client through requisition fulfillment, conducted requisition intake sessions with hiring managers, utilized reports to manage open requisitions, and documented conversations, reported issues, and tracked resolutions, among other responsibilities. Prior to AGS, Molly worked as a business development coordinator for a construction company—overseeing vendor management, human resources, and client account management. Molly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Illinois, and describes herself as being passionate about innovation, technology, and sustainability. She was born and raised in Peoria, IL, and currently resides there with her husband.