What are Illinois’s Employee Leave Laws?
Employees can take leave from employment under specific circumstances. Here’s everything you need to know about Illinois’s employee leave laws.
Employee leave laws protect an employee from facing serious consequences for being unavailable to work. Illinois employee leave laws protect employees in several ways.
Family and Medical Leave in Illinois
Employers with at least 50 employees in the United States must honor the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employees must be employed for at least 12 months and work 1,250 hours to qualify for FMLA protections.
Under the FMLA, an employee can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for personal reasons, like caring for an ill family member or recovering from childbirth.
Related: Illinois Workplace Smoking Laws
Pregnancy Disability Leave in Illinois
Illinois employers must aid pregnant employees. A pregnant employee may request accommodations to help them better perform their tasks. Employers may need to honor an expecting mother’s requests as a result of her pregnancy.
Employers may also need to accommodate a pregnant employee in any of the following ways:
- Frequent water breaks,
- Longer bathroom breaks,
- Job modifications,
- Time off to recover from pregnancy,
- And more.
Employee Sick Leave Act in Illinois
Illinois extended the Employee Sick Leave Act, allowing employees to utilize sick leave hours for family needs.
Military Family Leave in Illinois
If an employee has worked for a company for at least 12 months and 1,250 hours, they may qualify for military leave. Military leave offers an employee the chance to spend time with a loved one before they are deployed for more than 30 days.
Related: Illinois Right-to-Work Laws
If a company has 15-49 employees, they must offer their employees up to 15 days of unpaid military leave. If the company has over 50 employees, it must offer their employee up to 30 days of unpaid military leave.
Vacation Leave in Illinois
Illinois does not require employers to grant their employees paid or unpaid vacation leave. However, if employers permit vacation leave in a contract or written document, they must honor it.