Paid Sick Leave Update

Published on 3/23/2017
Categories: Benefits, Chicago, Cook County, Handbook Policy, Illinois Law, Paid Sick Leave, Paid Time Off

There are several new state, municipal and county paid sick leave laws in Illinois that will affect employers’ Paid Time Off policies and benefits.  Some or all may apply to your business depending on where you do business or where you have employees working.  The following is a brief description of the main points of each new law.

 

Illinois HB 6162 Employee Sick Leave Act:

Took effect January 1, 2017.

  • The Act does not specifically define Employer, so it is assumed that this Act applies to all Illinois Employers.
  • Employees may use their personal sick leave time for absences related to the illness, injury or medical appointments for “immediate family” (child, stepchild, spouse, sibling, parent and spouse’s parents, grandchild, grandparent or stepparent).
  • The time to be used is the employee’s personal sick leave benefits, not plan benefits, such as short- or long-term disability benefits.
  • The amount of time to be allowed for immediate family versus personal sick time is not defined, but should be “for reasonable periods of time”.

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