New Illinois Law Offers More Sick Leave Flexibility to Eligible Employees

Web Admin - Friday, February 03, 2017
Arlington Heights employment law attorneysData indicates that over 1.5 million Illinoisans care for family members. Sadly, many of them have had to make difficult choices while juggling work and the responsibility of caring for an ill loved one. A new employment law, implemented at the beginning of 2017, may mitigate some of the challenges and difficulties they experience. The following explains this law more in depth, and provides key information on what to do if your employer is failing to meet the requirements of the new law. 

Covering the Basics

The new law has redefined personal sick leave, giving employees the right to use their sick leave time to care for a sick child, parent, spouse, or other immediate family member or dependent. Further, an employers cannot deny, threaten, suspend, or demote an employee for attempting to exercise the rights afforded to them by the new law. Of course, there are some limitations and exclusions that employees need to be aware of - especially if they believe their employer may be in violation of the law.

Law Does Not Require Employers to Offer Sick Leave

Although the new law does expand sick leave for those that already have it, it does not require employers to start or implement a paid sick leave program. There is a law for the Chicago area that will require all employers to offer sick leave to eligible employees, but this only applies to the city of Chicago, and it does not go into effect until July 1, 2017. 

Employers Can Limit Sick Leave Time for Family Members

If an employer offers paid sick leave to their employees, they can restrict the amount of time that an employee can use for a family member. That is to say, employers do have the right to restrict their employees from using more than half of their paid sick leave benefits for a family member. Further, the employer does not have to extend the leave an employee is permitted to take under the Family Medical Leave Act. 

Filing a Case Against Your Employer

If you believe that you have been wrongly terminated, punished, or threatened with punishment for exercising your right to paid sick leave under the new law, contact Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC. Dedicated and experienced, our Arlington Heights employment law attorneys will fight to protect your rights. Schedule a personalized consultation to learn more. Call us at 847-934-6000 today.

Ken ApicellaAbout the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.




Recent Posts


Palatine civil litigation lawyer POA probate lawyer insurance dispute attorney Fourth of July Schaumburg probate attorney Buffalo Grove real estate attorney Illinois small business Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Palatine Attorney Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents Home Sale Contingencies drunk driving statistics DNR estate tax wills and trusts independent contractor eluding a police officer Palatine estate planning lawyer Schaumburg elder law lawyer pet bites Kenilworth estate planning attorneys Buffalo Grove employment lawyer product liability Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney loopholes Retaliatory Discharge changes to mortgage law fiduciary rule delay traumatic brain injury Schaumburg real estate lawyer Illinois corporate lawyer digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Illinois insurance claim attorney Rolling Meadows probate lawyer installment contracts Long Grove estate planning attorney gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys DUI defense employment law Illinois workers compensation lawyer insurance claim criminal record Inverness injury lawyer dog bites Schaumburg employment law attorneys institutional trustee Fair Labor Standards Act life insurance claims dynasty trusts Illinois mortgages boating under the influence employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Arlington Heights Attorney financial advisors real estate lawyer Illinois home inspection Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer drug crimes Palatine insurance lawyer Barrington workers compensation attorney Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Barrington criminal defense lawyer insurance claim delay field sobriety test Family Medical Leave Act employment lawyer Crystal Lake injury attorney Illinois elder law attorney Rolling Meadows real estate attorney estate planning Whistleblower Claims Des Plaines personal injury attorney Palatine corporate attorney job lawyers income distribution deducation Illinois DUI attorney child safety South Barrington real estate attorney Illinois estate planning traffic tickets Schaumburg injury lawyer Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers severance agreements civil litigation jet ski accidents agent natural gas Des Plaines claims law firm Des Plaines collections attorney rollover car crashes employee discrimination insurance adjusters living trust benefits license reinstatement Illinois car accident attorney insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys back injuries rent to own real estate contracts pet law Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Illinois insurance attorney Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Illinois jet ski accident lawyer medical malpractice Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, attorney fees BUI Illinois probate lawyer Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Barrington business law firm Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Crystal Lake car accident lawyer boating accidents Illinois traffic attorneys expungement golf accidents premises liability Crystal Lake employment attorney Crystal Lake accident attorney construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Attorney Ken Apicella Legal Info Chicago insurance law firm blended families Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Palatine criminal defense lawyer revenge porn Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyers small business Illinois traffic ticket lawyer South Barrington real estate lawyer insurance disputes Illinois real estate Rolling Meadows business lawyer cell phone accidents Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Illinois medical malpractice lawyers Des Plaines pet law attorney personal injury claim School Visitation Rights Act modern family estate planning food poisoning slip and fall real estate attorney BAC trusts defective products lawyer Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney personal injury attorney car accident Chicago employment lawyer liability claims estate planning trusts Mt Prospect Attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Illinois employment laws rumble strips traffic accidents Colin H. Gilbert landlord liens estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Chicago estate planning Barrington real estate lawyer Schaumburg employment attorney traffic laws Illinois medical malpractice case Barrington personal injury lawyer Chicago car accident lawyer Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney Illinois wills and trusts Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Palatine traffic lawyer Barrington injury attorney Palatine trusts lawyer breathalyzer test Des Plaines personal injury lawyer Inverness personal injury attorney Illinois attorney Arlington Heights lawyer estate planning for college students Arlington Heights criminal lawyer power of attorney Liquor Control Act car crash injuries first degree murder Palatine elder law attorney guardianship attorney Barrington litigation attorney DMV sexual images life insurance lawyer Palatine real estate lawyer pizza emoji pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality fatal car accidents Illinois pedestrian accident attorney Palatine probate lawyer Illinois bicycle safety real estate contract pedestrian accidents Mount Prospect elder law attorney mass shooting deadly crashes Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers PTSD Illinois traffic attorney Palatine personal injury lawyer Schaumburg corporate attorney Schaumburg personal injury lawyers gift taxes Deer Park DUI lawyer manufacturing Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer employee misclassification Illinois pet lawyer Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Illinois personal injury lawyers Des Plaines injury law firm Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers uninsured motorist Illinois business law atorneys Barrington personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows accident lawyer Barrington boating accident attorney insurance claim dispute power of attorney for healthcare Landlord Tenant Ordinance Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers involuntary manslaughter DUI penalities Buffalo Grove probate lawyer Arlington Heights accident attorney civil rights violation Illinois LLC creation federal regulations for LLCs Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Chicago biking tips Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Schaumburg criminal law attorney Illinois estate planning attorney traumatic brain injuries Employment Discrimination Law Illinois employment law attorney health insurance dispute disability benefits car collision truck collisions Illinois tax attorney DUI attorney Arlington Heights traffic attorney Illinois collections attorney liability estate attorney Jay Andrew digital information llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association living trust vs will DGAA consent to a search Chicago trucking accident attorney Illinois real estate lawyer Colin Gilbert Chicago corporate attorney Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument real estate closing anesthesia errors Transfer on Death Instrument Rolling Meadows insurance attorney icy parking lots unpaid overtime compensatory time Illinois red light cameras Illinois medical malpractice claim insurance claim denial Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney ken apicella DUI residential real estate digital assets Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows criminal attorney car accident lawyer wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Arlington Heights trucking lawyer Illinois Human Rights Act head on collisions Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers trust payments workers compensation medical malpractice compensation Arlington Heights injury attorney Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Illinois Probate Act of 1975 rest breaks new real estate form Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer life insurance policy insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Inverness insurance attorney motorcycle accident automated cars Barrington drug crime attorney Crystal Lake will lawyer underage DUI suspended license no contest clauses underinsured motorist Palatine workers compensation lawyer pregnant women car crashes landlord tenant law bad faith insurance claims drunk driving trucking accidents Illinois personal injury attorney Des Plaines criminal attorney Deer Park employment law attorney Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer forming a corporation in Illinois Chicago employment attorney Des Plaines real estate attorney Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer Crystal Lake traffic lawyer pain and suffering Illinois employment attorneys Deer Park personal injury lawyer dealing with problem employees sole proprietorship denied insurance claim distracted driving accidents insurance negligence Buffalo Grove law firm holiday statistics Barrington attorney surgical mistakes workers comp Illinois personal injury owner responsibility Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys privacy laws Illinois insurance claims lawyers Palatine punch death Illinois employment lawyer hands free device probate process rollover accidents construction contracts Barrington estate planning attorney Inverness traffic law firm Palatine law firm Illinois estate planning law firm Crystal Lake traffic attorney Long Grove estate planning attorneys vacation home taxes digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, jet ski criminal law Schaumburg criminal attorney Illinois medical malpractice attorney trench injuries mortgage workers compensation benefits Exclusions Illinois traffic accident lawyer creditors Illinois defective products attorney traffic deaths Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Chicago traffic lawyer Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys Barrington civil litigation attorney Rolling Meadows tax attorney personal injury Chicago insurance claim attorneys Des Plaines real estate lawyer license life insurance Inverness corporate attorney Illinois construction accident attorney criminal defense car accidents Illinois Trust Code Illinois Sales Representative Act bicycle accidents texting while driving Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer FSLA blood alcohol content Crystal Lake employment lawyer coronavirus Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer drug crimes lawyer Barrington Traffic Lawyer Illinois wrongful termination lawyer employment contract subcontractor probate fees appealing an insurance claim employment law, Illinois employment laws Palatine employment lawyer Schaumburg traffic lawyer cell phone tower data comp time Des Plaines accident attorney drug crime trauma after an accident personal injury claims Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer motorcycle accident lawyer Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers insurance claim dispute attorney loss of consortium Inverness real estate attorney personal injury lawyer commercial leasing Chicago lawyer Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney Thanksgiving Illinois living will Des Plaines drug lawyer traffic violations defense Inverness civil lawyer Palatine civil attorney business litigation Affordable Care Act Self-Directed IRA Accounts insurance agents CAM home inspection lawyer car crash commercial leases Rolling Meadows employment attorney Palatine corporate law attorneys fiduciary rule condo association Chicago will attorney workplace sexual harassment minimum wage unfunded trust bike accident insurance claim denials clemency Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer college kids right to work investment property traffic violations internet healthcare Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer criminal IRS insurance claims Crystal Lake car accident attorney LLCs Illinois traffic laws marijuana crimes attorney personal injury law firm distracted driving accident victims paid sick leave filing a medical malpractice claim privacy reckless homicide Arlington Heights tax lawyer medical marijuana Illinois employment law firm IRELA Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney wills license revocation Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer Super Mario Detainer Actions Arlington Heights estate planning attorney living trust Class A misdemeanor Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer traffic crimes Inverness real estate lawyer Illinois business lawyer Inverness probate lawyer slip and fall accidents Des Plaines tax law firm unauthorized overtime Illinois trucking safety Schaumburg estate planning attorney probate boating DUI nursing home negligence Policy Cancellation Illinois medical malpractice claims Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Illinois speeding lawyer Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Illinois driving without license Schaumburg Attorney Schaumburg insurance lawyers whistleblower protections wrongful termination foreclosure operating agreements GM ignition switches trustee tax attorney Illinois employee rights attorney. Illinois Smoke Detector Act Inverness elder law lawyer probate claims process TBI pedestrian-automobile accident Illinois trusts attorney Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer Crystal Lake law firm construction accidents Illinois personal injury lawyer Illinois criminal defense attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer senior citizens Rolling Meadows employment law attorney employee rights real estate zoning Palatine traffic accidents accidental death benefits Illinois insurance disputes unpaid assessment meal breaks Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Barrington employment law attorney murder defense Crystal Lake pet attorney Schaumburg car accident attorney Deer Park criminal attorney Inverness DUI lawyer comparative negligence denial of life insurance murder charges Rolling Meadows traffic law firm civil litigation attorney insurance agent negligence brain injury crossover accidents Illinois employment law attorneys Illinois will lawyer Palatine employment law lawyer marijuana controlled substance Illinois insurance dispute lawyers estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, dram shop law defective products IRA benefits elder law Schaumburg living wills Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Kenilworth estate planning attorney Deer Park medical malpractice attorney preventable medical errors preventing accidents Crystal Lake tax lawyer Palatine employment attorney Palatine drug lawyer problem employees Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Illinois civil litigation lawyer breach of contract hit and run accident digital evidence sexual harassment Crystal Lake employment law attorney in terrorem provision Palatine injury attorney real estate leasing Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Do Not Resuscitate Illinois job attorney Illinois boating accident lawyer natural gas explosion Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Palatine business attorney homestead rights condo Illinois insurance lawyer Barrington employment attorney estate plan Deer Park traffic lawyer Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Deer Park workers compensation lawyer irrevocable trust medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Arlington Heights real estate lawyer insurance dispute healthcare claims Arlington Heights insurance attorney spinal cord injuries fault based insurance IRA trust transfer corporate law swimming pools federal crimes startup company Buffalo Grove corporate attorney hiring employees work unions Arlington Heights TBI attorney employees medication errors Barrington criminal lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer wrongful death texting and driving Rolling Meadows ObamaCare Deer Park real estate law firm trucking accident lawyers insurance denial appeals Illinois rollover accident lawyers Rolling Meadows traffic attorney real estate attorneys Des Plaines DUI attorney Barrington estate planning lawyer BAIID insurance denials Des Plaines civil attorney cell phone caregiver Barrington employment law firm Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys Long Grove real estate lawyer Schaumburg estate attorney Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act denied insurance claims Illinois lawyer pay when paid contract car accident lawyers wage theft license suspension Deer Park accident attorney social media after death Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute capital gains tax products liability Inverness estate planning lawyer Rolling Meadows Attorney Chicago estate planning lawyer estate planning lawyer Schaumburg civil litigation attorney drug possession Chicago attorney Palatine construction attorney caretaker rights Home Remodeling Repair Act Des Plaines employment attorney contracts advance healthcare directive driving Illinois workplace discrimination attorney medical research vacation home fines traffic offenses real estate Illinois registered agent employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys overtime violations FMLA Long Grove real estate attorney Des Plaines insurance attorney ACA low-ball insurance settlement Illinois injury lawyer Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer pedestrian accident Deer Park traffic accident attorney Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Long Grove estate planning Arlington Heights employment law attorneys personal injury accidents Arlington Heights employment attorney drugs Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Joliet general practice lawyers foreclosed rental property probate claims elder abuse Barrington medical malpractice lawyers Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer murder spinal cord injury Inverness accident lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury attorney speeding bicycle dooring accidents Illinois law special needs trust Forcible Entry Schaumburg personal injury attorney insurance attorney Illinois employment law commercial real estate Crystal Lake business law attorneys Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Illinois workplace lawyer deed transfer overtime pay underfunded trust auto accidents Illinois workers compensation attorney