Ammons introduces bill to improve conditions for temp workers

Ammons introduces bill to improve conditions for temp workers

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation aimed at improving working conditions for Illinoisans who work in the temporary-jobs industry was introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana.

HB 690, referred to by supporters as the Responsible Job Creation Act, would affect as many as 800,000 Illinois residents employed by temporary-job agencies, primarily in manufacturing and warehouses, according to the American Staffing Association.

"Unfortunately in Illinois, people are suffering, are abused in hard, worn-down temporary jobs, all with no benefits for their families," Ammons said at a Statehouse news conference. "While direct hires at least receive a wage that they can live on, the conditions for temporary workers are not the same."

Workers hired through temp agencies don't undergo the same kind of safety training, are subject to sexual violence and racial harassment, and don't get the same kinds of benefits, Ammons said.

"This bill is designed to close the enforcement gap that many workers experience as they go through this process," she said.

Provisions in the legislation include requirements that staffing firms give 48 hours' notice of schedule changes, do not charge employees for the cost of drug testing and provide transportation to and from job sites.

They'd also be mandated to give temporary workers the same pay and benefits as direct-hire workers at the same location for the same work.

Ammons said her son, Jelani, had a sour experience with a temporary-staffing agency in Mississippi two summers ago.

"At the beginning of that experience, he thought that the place he was going to work was going to pay him an entry-level salary of $12 an hour," she said. "But at the end of that two weeks, he realized he only received $8.25 (an hour). He was expecting to be able to pay for his books, but he had to call home and say that he needed help.

"He also received the pay in a debit card that charged him fees to just get access to the money he had worked for. The transaction fee in some instances was more than he had made that day."

Ammons said she advised her son to quit the job.

"He did, but many people don't have that option," she said. "Many people don't have the option to just get out of there with someone there to help them."

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BDR529 wrote on January 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

Ammons said her son, Jelani, had a sour experience with a temporary-staffing agency in Mississippi two summers ago.

 

 

Sounds like the problem is an out of state problem. 

rsp wrote on January 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

His experience was out of state. Not the only place it happens.

wykhb wrote on January 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm

What is unfortunate is that these people only legislate to their own desires and experience, and what benefits them or theirs personally.  Otherwise they could care less.

rsp wrote on January 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

No one should be hired without being told the conditions of their employment. And no employer should be paying employees with debit cards with fees that overcharge. There have been cases where employers have required their workers to accept the cards even if they had checking accounts because they made money off of them. That it inexcusable.

CommonSenseless wrote on January 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

"They'd also be mandated to give temporary workers the same pay and benefits as direct-hire workers at the same location for the same work."

That pretty much eliminates the temp hire business. What is wrong with Ammons? Simple math too complex? No wonder IL is going to fail, our politicians are sooooooo dumb!

rsp wrote on January 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

It's not a final bill. There will be negotiations, amendments, etc. Then it's up to the gov. to even sign it.

CommonSenseless wrote on January 26, 2017 at 6:01 am

So are you saying that, because others will fix and modify this bill before it ever goes to a vote or the governor, you are ok with and defend the mediocrity and idiocy coming from Rep Ammons?

rsp wrote on January 26, 2017 at 10:01 am

No bill is perfect the first time it is written, others come and make changes because it makes for a better bill. For example, I don't agree on the pay issue. That  money difference is going to the agency to pay for the screening of applicants.

However, how long should the company be allowed to use someone as a temp worker? Some places never hire people, they just keep them on for years as a temp worker at lower pay. That's an issue. Within 4-6 weeks they should know if the person is going to be a good hire, 90 days at the most. Unless it's for a special project there is no justification for keeping a person on for two years at reduced pay and no benefits as a temp worker.

CommonSenseless wrote on January 26, 2017 at 12:01 pm

Temp agencies like Express already have benefits. It isn't necessarily a cost savings due to lower wages than permanent employees. You forget that payroll in and of itself has a cost. There are small businesses that are essentially the owner and sometimes a helper. Do you expect them to have an HR department to handle payroll costs, benefits etc? No. That is ridiculous. This is more liberal tinkering without thinking it through.

wykhb wrote on January 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm

"No wonder IL is going to fail"?   If so many businesses depend on temp workers that treating them fairly will drive the business under, I am afraid I have some very bad news for you concerning the solvency of these businesses in Illinois. 

CommonSenseless wrote on January 25, 2017 at 7:01 pm

"Provisions in the legislation include requirements that staffing firms give 48 hours' notice of schedule changes, do not charge employees for the cost of drug testing and provide transportation to and from job sites."

Seriously? With the exception of drug test cost, not even trade unions have 48 hr notice and transportation to and from work. This lady must be on some good drugs.....

BruckJr wrote on January 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm

God willing, Aamons will be a Temp worker.

wykhb wrote on January 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm

I think they could have drilled that down to more specifics.   It looks like the intent is to provide some sort of stability, and it is not beyond comprehension that stable employees provide better performance.    MOST full time jobs don't change your schedule without notice constantly, if they did they would have to compensate better in order to retain employees.   Or just rely on..   Yeah, Temps.    

As for transportation, the true problem is the large assortment of companies that rely on the model of not actually doing anything except managing employees and billing..  One simple case:   Home Health Care companies, usually billing Medicaid and Medicare, expect their employees to travel to the homes of clients, usually well-dispersed, those temp employees don't get paid mileage or for their travel time, yet the companies are billing taxpayers for it and pocketing the profits.   

By the time the temp employee does all that, it eats well into their actual bottom line pay.  Most will choose to go elsewhere, but there is a bottomless pit of people eager to work who aren't aware of these pitfalls, and through temp agencies the companies know this.  Lack of retention means less-experienced and less vetted people with less continuity, providing care to your loved ones in their homes alone with them.  Who is okay with that?

wykhb wrote on January 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Putting my distaste for Ammons past actions and performance aside, I believe she has the right idea  here, if not quite the skills and experience to implement it.  

  It is time to end the era of employer abuse and skirting of regulations in the name of profit.    The election of Donald Trump clearly illustrates that citizens are weary of the "service jobs" model that has taken hold in the USA, because all they do is service the bank accounts of the Executives while leaving taxpayers holding the bill for social services required to survive.    That's not capitalism or socialism, it's fraud. 

Being Conservative means admitting the truth, and that truth is that too many businesses rely on handouts from Government and citizens to subsidize their employee costs, and that is not actually a viable business model.   Another example of this is the "illegal immigration" problem, the immigrants are coming here because they can get jobs, from less than savory companies that want to skirt law and regulation in the name of profit. 

Temp agencies serve a valid purpose, but like all things, people have found a way to abuse that, and the agencies themselves are complicit because they are for profit and the bottom line dictates what they themselves get paid, they are biased.   

rsp wrote on January 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm

More examples of how temp workers are exploited from the Chicago Tribune:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-raiteros-lawsuit-0127-biz-2017...

So as a prior commentor tried to suggest, it's not just other states.

Bulldogmojo wrote on February 01, 2017 at 8:02 am

 

If the Nazi sympathizers at Illinois Policy expect people are going to come back to Illinois for manufacturing jobs they had better pay a livable wage with benefits.