Illinois Leave of Absence (FMLA) laws & HR compliance analysis

Illinois Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

In addition to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), some states have their own comprehensive family leave laws that may also require employers to grant employees time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious illness.
However, Illinois does not have such a law.
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Public employers. Illinois provides family and medical leave protections to its public employees through the Family Responsibility Leave Act (20 ILCS 415/8c). Regulations for this law are found at 80 ILAC 303.148.
Eligible employees. Only permanent full-time employees are eligible for this program. Temporary, emergency, provisional, and trainee employees may not be granted leave.
Events for which leave may be taken. Leave may be granted for employees to provide nursing and/or custodial care for a newborn or adopted infant. Leave may be granted to care for a temporarily disabled, incapacitated, or bedridden family or household member.
Leave may be granted to furnish special guidance, care, or supervision to a family or household member in extraordinary need thereof. Leave may be granted to settle the estate of a deceased family member or to act as conservator, if appointed.
Leave may also be granted for an employee to respond to the temporary dislocation of his or her family because of natural disaster, crime, war, insurrection, or other disruptive event.
Covered relations. “Family” includes two or more individuals living under one roof and includes the employee's spouse. The definition also includes natural relations of the employee not living in the same household, such as parent, sibling, or child and adoptive, custodial, and in-law individuals ...

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