Unpaid Bereavement Leave Extended

Although it won’t become effective for a few more months, be advised that earlier this summer, Illinois enacted amendments to the Child Bereavement Leave Act, expanding the law’s scope and renaming it the “Family Bereavement Leave Act” (FBLA). The amendments are effective January 1, 2023, and they: (1) expand the definition of family members covered…

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Bereavement Leave Law Expanded

There may still be a few months to prepare for its implementation, but Illinois enacted amendments to the Child Bereavement Leave Act, expanding the law’s scope and renaming it the “Family Bereavement Leave Act” (FBLA). Under the amendments, which become effective on January 1, 2023, the definition of family members covered by the FBLA is…

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Illinois Pushing Right to Unionize

Speaking of unionizing efforts, organized labor in the state of Illinois is aggressively pushing to create a state constitutional “right to collective bargaining” in Illinois for all employees. In fact, unions have donated $5 million thus far in support of Amendment 1, an initiative petition on the November 8 ballot that proposes to add a…

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Illinois Amends Rest Mandate

Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation (SB.3146) just under a month ago amending the Illinois One Day Rest in Seven Act (ODRISA) revising the interval when an employee must receive a day off. Previously, a covered employee in Illinois needed only to receive a day off within any given calendar week (as many as 12 days…

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Illinois Offers Aid to Restaurants

While the Relief for Restaurants and Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act of 2022 (H.R. 3807) languishes amid the partisan rancor in Washington DC, the Illinois legislature stepped in to fill the void, at least to an extent. The FY23 Illinois state budget, signed by Governor JB Pritzker back in mid-April, included the appropriation of…

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Illinois Updates CROWN Act

The Illinois legislature has unanimously passed an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) clarifying the meaning of “race” discrimination under the law. The amendment, known as the “CROWN Act,” or the “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act”, will update the definition of “race” under the IHRA so that “race”…

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Illinois Equal Pay Act Amended

The Illinois Equal Pay Act (IEPA) last changed when Governor Pritzker signed the most recent amendment into law last June – a change that didn’t fully take effect until today, so Illinois employers may need to be reminded of their obligations under the IEPA. As amended, the IEPA requires all private businesses with more than…

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Illinois Expands VESSA

Effective January 1, HB 3582 took effect and expanded the types of crimes for which victims are entitled to take leave under the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). With enactment of the law, VESSA leave, which was previously limited to sexual or domestic violence, is now available to workers in Illinois who are…

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Illinois Puts Union Amendment on ‘22 Ballot

In the context of the ongoing push to ease union organizing (think PRO Act, Biden being ‘most union-friendly president’ in history, NLRB becoming more advocacy-oriented, etc.), the state of Illinois does not intend to be left behind. In fact, earlier this year, the legislature passed a joint resolution to place a constitutional amendment on the…

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Illinois Expands Secure Choice

The Illinois General Assembly gave final approval to a bill (HB 117) that broadens the applicability of the Secure Choice Savings Program, dropping the threshold at which employers must register to allow their employees to enroll in the retirement plan. House Bill 117 as amended provides that the program applies to all employers with at…

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