Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Veterans Preference in Private Employment Act. Provides that in every private, nonpublic employment in this State, honorably discharged veterans of any war of the United States, or of any military campaign for which a campaign ribbon has been awarded, and their widows or widowers, may be preferred for employment. Provides that spouses of honorably discharged veterans who have a service-connected permanent and total disability may also be preferred for employment; and that these preferences are not considered violations of any State or local equal employment opportunity law, including, but not limited to, any provision under, or rule adopted pursuant to, the Illinois Human Rights Act.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Veterans Preference in Private Employment Act. Provides that a private employer may adopt and apply a voluntary veterans' preference employment policy if: (1) the veterans' preference employment policy is in writing; (2) the veterans' preference employment policy is publicly posted by the private employer at the place of employment or on any website maintained by the private employer; (3) the private employer's job application informs all applicants of the veterans' preference employment policy and where the policy may be obtained; and (4) the private employer applies the veterans' preference employment policy uniformly for all employment decisions regarding the hiring or promotion of veterans or the retention of veterans during a reduction in force. Provides that a private employer who maintains a veterans' preference employment policy may require and rely on an applicant's or employee's Department of Defense DD214/DD215 forms or their predecessor or successor forms, an applicant's or employee's NGB-22 discharge form or its predecessor or successor forms (if a member of the National Guard), and a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs award letter (if the applicant or employee is claiming a service-connected disability) to establish eligibility for such policy. Defines terms. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that nothing contained in the Act shall prohibit an employer, employment agency or labor organization from giving preferential treatment to veterans and their relatives pursuant to a private employer's voluntary veterans' preference employment policy authorized by the Veterans Preference in Private Employment Act.