New Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act Mandates Greater Flexibility on Use of Leave Benefits

August 29, 2016

The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act requires Illinois employers who provide personal sick leave benefits to their employees to allow employees to take such leave for absences due to the illness, injury, or medical appointment of the employee’s child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent. The leave must be granted on the same terms under which the employee is able to use sick leave benefits for his or her own illness or injury. The legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2017. The legislation does not require employers to adopt sick leave policies if they do not already have them in place.