Veteran’s Hiring Preference Allowed in Private Industry

Springfield, IL… A bill aimed at helping veterans find work has passed both chambers. House Bill 3122, filed by Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Sycamore), creates the Illinois Veteran’s Preference in Private Employment Act. The bill was an initiative of Representative Pritchard in conjunction with the US Department of Defense.

“Those that put their lives on the line and serve their country shouldn’t be forgotten when they take off their uniform” Rep. Pritchard said. 

The act allows a private employer to adopt and apply a voluntary veterans' preference employment policy if the policy is in writing, publicly posted with employment information, informs all applicants about the policy, and the policy is implemented uniformly for all employment decisions regarding the hiring, promotion, or reduction of force. Current Illinois law already has a veteran’s preference act for the public sector. 

“This is by no means a mandate,” Pritchard continued, “it simply gives the right to private employers, should they so choose, to adopt a pro-veterans’ hiring policy.”

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