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Workers Can Take Time Off for Any Reason In Illinois

Workers Can Take Time Off for Any Reason In Illinois

March 14, 2023
The state joins Maine and Nevada in requiring employers to provide mandatory leave.

On March 13, 2023, Governor J. B. Pritzer signed a law, that will take effect in 2024, that requires Illinois employers to offer employees time off for any reason.

The amount of time is based on hours worked and employees must provide notice with reasonable employer standards.

“Too many people can’t afford to miss even a day’s pay,” said Pritzen, per an AP article.

Employees will accrue one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked up to 40 total hours, but employers can offer more. Once employees have worked for a company for 90 days they can use this time.

 Nevada’s law, which was introduced on June 12, 2019 and became effective on Jan. 1, 202  requires private-sector employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid leave per benefit year. While at first, the bill was similar to a sick leave type of provision it turned into using paid leave for any reason. 

 Maine’s Earned Paid Leave became effective on January 1st, 2021, establishing a minimum standard for paid time off.

The Illinois law goes a little further than the laws in effect in Maine and Nevada in that it’s not based on business size.

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