interview with stickerSPRINGFIELD– The Illinois State Senate is urging the federal government to update 45-year-old anti-discrimination and minority employment standards for contractors. Those rules have been on the books since 1965, haven’t been updated since 1980 and are based on census data from 1970.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) sponsored the resolution, brought to him by the Faith Coalition for the Common Good, urging the federal government to update those standards to represent the demographic changes of the last 45 years.

“Our workforce should reflect our population. Our communities have changed a lot since 1970 and the rules governing our workforce should reflect that diversity,” Manar said.

The federal government’s minority hiring rules prohibit federal contractors and sub-contractors from discriminating in employment decisions based on race, color, religion, sex or nationality.

These rules are based on a 1965 executive order issued by President Lyndon Johnson. In addition to banning discrimination, the order also established minority participation goals that were last updated in 1980 — based on population and workforce data from the 1970 census.

The standards were scheduled to be revised in 2010, but no action has been taken.

The Senate approved the proposal, Senate Joint Resolution 7, that urges President Obama, members of Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor to update these regulations.

The resolution now moves goes to the House for approval.

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