Employers Be on Notice – Paid Leave for Any Reason Coming to Illinois in 2024
On January 10, 2023, Illinois passed Senate Bill 208, otherwise known as the Paid Leave for All Workers Act (the “PLFAW” or the “Act”). Governor Pritzker has expressed enthusiasm for the Act and released a statement supporting his intention to sign the bill into law.
Once signed into law, the Act, which will take effect on January 1, 2024, will require most private employers to provide Illinois workers with a minimum of 40 hours of earned paid leave, or a pro-rata number of hours, during a designated twelve-month period that can be used by an employee for any reason.
The PLFAW also contains several other provisions that may impact employer administration of existing paid leave, including, but not limited to, rate of pay calculations and modification of existing policies, as well as additional notice, posting and recordkeeping requirements. Finally, the Act contains prohibitions on retaliation against employees for exercising their rights under the Act.