103RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2023 and 2024
Introduced 2/9/2023, by Sen. Karina Villa
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
820 ILCS 154/35 new
Child Extended Bereavement Leave Act. Provides that the Act may be
referred to as Zachary's Parent Protection Act. Provides that an employee
of a large employer that employs 250 or more full-time employees is
entitled to use a
maximum of 12 weeks of unpaid leave if the employee
experiences the loss of a child by suicide or homicide. Provides that an
employee of a small employer that employs at least 50 but fewer than 250
full-time employees is entitled to use a
maximum of 6 weeks of unpaid leave
if the employee experiences
the loss of a child by suicide or homicide.
Provides that leave may be taken in a
single continuous period or
intermittently in increments of no
less than 4 hours, but leave must be
completed within one year
after the employee notifies the employer of the
loss. Permits an employer to require reasonable advance notice of the
employee's intention to leave and reasonable documentation. Provides that
an employee who takes leave under the Act is entitled to be restored to the
position of employment held by the employee when the leave commenced or to
be restored to an equivalent position. Provides that nothing in the Act
shall be construed to entitle any restored employee the accrual of any
seniority or employment benefits during any period of leave. Provides that
the Act does not extend the maximum period of leave to which an employee is
entitled under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 or under
any other paid or unpaid leave provided under federal, State or local law,
a collective bargaining agreement, or an employment benefits program or
plan. Prohibits an employer from taking any adverse action against an
employee who exercises his or her rights under the Act. Requires the
Department of Labor to enforce the Act. Provides that a person who uses
leave under either the Child Bereavement Leave Act or the Child Extended
Bereavement Leave Act may not take leave under the other Act, and amends
the Child Bereavement Leave Act accordingly.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning employment.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Short title; references to Act.
(a) This Act may be cited as the
Bereavement Leave Act.
(b) This Act may be referred to as Zachary's Parent
In this Act:
"Child" means an employee's biological, adopted, or foster
child, a stepchild, a legal ward, or a child of a person
standing in loco parentis.
"Department" means the Department of Labor.
"Employee" means a full-time employee of a large employer
or a small employer who has worked for that employer for at
least 2 weeks; however, "employee" does not include a salaried
employee who is among the highest paid 10% of the employees
employed by the employer.
"Employer" means a large employer or a small employer.
"Large employer" means a person or entity, other than the
federal government or an agency of the federal government,
that employs 250 or more employees on a full-time basis in