Now that we are halfway through the 4th quarter of 2016, it is time to start making changes to your 2017 company handbook. There are a number of Illinois law updates to keep in mind as you make changes.
The Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) was recently amended with changes that will go into effect on January 1, 2017. VESSA provides victims of domestic or sexual violence with unpaid leave to seek medical attention, obtain victim services or counseling, for safety planning, or to seek legal guidance. The existing law gives 8 weeks of unpaid leave to employees who work for an employer with 15-49 employees and 12 weeks of unpaid leave to employees who work for an employer with 50 or more employees. The amendment to the law provides 4 weeks of unpaid leave to employees who work for an employer with 14 or less employees.
For more information on VESSA leave, please visit the IL Department of Labor Website.
Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (ESLA)
This is a new law that takes effect on January 1, 2017 and affects all employers who provide paid sick or personal time to their employees. This law does not require employers to provide additional paid sick or personal time to employees (not to be confused with the Chicago Paid Sick Leave law) but rather says that if you already provide paid time off to employees to use for their own illness or injury, you must allow them to also use these benefits for the illness, injury or medical appointment of a family member.
The law allows employers to limit the amount of time an employee can use to care for a family member to the amount that they would normally accrue in six months. The ESLA defines family member as a child, grandchild, spouse (or domestic partner), parent, stepparent, mother or father-in-law and sibling.
Illinois Child Bereavement Leave Act
We sent a communication regarding this law on August 26th, 2016. To read that communication, click here.
Chicago Paid Sick Leave Law
Illinois Secure Choice Savings Act- Update
The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Act was signed into legislation in January of 2015 with the intention of being rolled out in 2017. Recently, the Illinois Treasury Department has released information stating that the program will not be rolled out until 2018 or maybe even 2019. This gives employers more time to prepare but it is still something to keep in the back of your mind!
For more information on this program, please visit the Illinois Dept of Treasury Website.