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


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