Workers’ Rights for Your Job Seekers

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Course Description:

Violations of workers’ rights on the job, particularly those of low-wage workers, have reached epidemic proportions both nationally and in the Chicago area. Workers being trained for many of Chicagoland’s fastest growing low-wage occupations receive virtually no education about their basic rights at work and how to protect themselves. In this train-the-trainer course, you will learn the ins and outs of your clients’ workplace rights. You will also walk away with 8 pre-packaged curriculum modules including interactive activities, which you can integrate into your job readiness programming. Come learn how to empower your clients in the workplace in the face of wage theft, illegal discrimination, and other harmful violations of the law.

Topics covered include:

  • Misclassification of employees
  • Wage and hours laws
  • Family and Medical Leave Act and Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act
  • Illegal discrimination
  • Enforcing worker protections
  • Health and safety on the job


For this course we are additionally asking participants to commit to the following post-training:

  • Implementing one or more units of the curriculum into your existing job readiness training by December 2017
  • Participating in all evaluation efforts including: check-in phone calls, surveys and focus group

This course is for all workforce development staff including supervisors, job developers, and case managers. This course is a particularly good fit for job readiness trainers.

Course Duration:
Two full-day sessions–9:00am-4:00pm

Course Date:

Members: $170*
Non-Members: $250
* To access this member price, you must log in to your CJC account when registering.

Alison Dickson, Labor Education Program of the School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Marsha Love, Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago Jobs Council
29 E. Madison St. Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60602

Please contact Cheryl Hester, Frontline Focus Administrator, with any questions: 312.252.0460 x108,

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