Illinois Governor Pritzker signed SB 208 into law on the 13th to expand the state’s paid leave bill, which allowsIllinoisbe the successorIAfter Nevada and Nevada, it is the third state in the United States to mandate that companies and companies must allow employees to “use paid leave for any reason”, and among them, Illinois benefits the most. It happens.
The current paid leave law in Maine only applies to employers with more than 10 employees. Nevada’s paid leave law is limited to companies with more than 50 employees. The new law in Illinois covers nearly all employees, regardless of company size. Illinois businesses and most low-wage workers have not been paid benefits over time, and this new bill would change that.
Pritzker’s office said the new bill would go into effect on January 1 next year, and would allow all state employees to receive 1 hour of paid vacation for every 40 hours they work in a 12-month period. paid time off, which also means that about 1.5 millionLaborReceive paid leave from the following year for any reason.
The governor’s office pointed out that current law does not guarantee wages if employees take time off for illness, childcare, mental health, medical appointments, vacation or any other reason, but starting March 31, 2024. After starting work for 90 days on January 1 of the year, employees may begin taking their paid leave for any reason, and the Workers’ Paid Leave Act does not require employers to provide relevant supporting documentation.
The governor issued a statement saying that employers would benefit by allowing employees to deal with more immediate personal matters in their lives, as employees would be more productive and often feel more motivated to work if they could cope with stressors outside of work. Can, “I am very proud that workers and business owners can come to a consensus and understand that the new legislation is of value to both parties.”
The new law applies to all private sector employers as well as state and local governments. However, seasonal workers, federal employees, students working as temporary employees in universities are not covered by this law. Apart from this, employees who are already drawing minimum wages are also given relaxation of five days every year, which are not covered under the new law.
Ordinances in Cook County and Chicago already require employers to provide paid sick leave. Workers in these areas will continue to be protected by current local laws and will not be affected by the new Illinois law.
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