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Illinois Passes New Employee Sick Leave Act Allowing Employees to Take Leave to Support Family Members’ Health Needs

September 30, 2016

The Illinois General Assembly recently passed House Bill 6162, or the Employee Sick Leave Act. The Employee Sick Leave Act would allow employees to use paid sick leave benefits provided by the employer to care for any spouse, child, or other family member due to an “illness, injury, or medical appointment,” including any that are related to a disability. Disability leave or disability plan benefits were originally excluded from the sick leave provided, but the exclusion was removed.

The law states that the employee can use the benefit “for reasonable periods of time as the employee’s attendance may be necessary” or on the same terms that the employee uses their own sick leave benefits. This would allow an employee to treat a family member’s need for care in a similar manner to the employee’s own needs.

For more information, read the text of the law and its amendments.