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Illinois Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Illinois law requiring private employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit. It is important to remember however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may have a legal obligation to grant it. Some courts have held that, under certain circumstances, policies published in employee handbooks may constitute implied contracts, which are binding and enforceable. Employers should regularly review policy statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If not, they should be changed, and employees should be notified of the changes.
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Use of sick leave. All employees, except those in emergency, intermittent, per diem, or temporary status, accumulate sick leave at the rate of 1 day for each month's service. Accumulated sick leave may be used for the employee's own illness, disability, or injury of the employee, appointments with a doctor, dentist, or other professional medical practitioner and also may be used in the event of serious illness, disability, injury, or death of a member of the employee's immediate family (80 ILAdmin. Code Sec. 303.90).
Leave for bone marrow, organ, or blood donation. Under the state's Organ Donor Leave Act, state employees may take up to 30 days of paid leave in any 12-month period to serve as a bone marrow donor; up to 30 days of paid leave in any 12-month period to serve as an organ donor; up to 1 hour of paid leave to donate blood every 56 days; and up to 2 hours of paid leave to donate blood platelets in accordance with appropriate medical standards established by the American Red Cross or other nationally ...

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