The Illinois Chamber of Commerce recently said employers should be aware of potential changes in employee rules in several state House and Senate bills that are likely to be signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
The following bills have changes that employers should take note of:
HB 4036 amended the Victims Economic Security & Safety Act (VESSA) to require employers with one or more employees to allow four weeks of unpaid leave for an employee with a family or household member who was a victim of domestic or sexual violence.
HB 6162 is an AARP initiative that would require any employer providing paid sick leave to include that the leave may be used for absences due to an illness, injury, or medical appointment of the employee's spouse or relative for the same periods of time that the employee could use sick leave benefits for their own health-related issues.
SB 2613 creates the Child Bereavement Leave Act which allows an employee to use up to two weeks of bereavement leave to grieve the death of the employee's child, attend services related to the death of the child, or make arrangements necessitated by the death of the child.