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New Illinois Paid Leave Law Now in Effect

 Posted on February 23, 2024 in Employment Lawyer

Illinois employment lawyerA new law that went into effect in Illinois on January 1, 2024, allows workers to earn paid leave. It is imperative for all employers to understand how the new law works, as well as ensure that all of their workers are aware of it. Failure to comply could result in legal issues. The following is a brief overview the Paid Leave for All Workers Act. Contact an Illinois employment lawyer for more detailed information or if you are dealing with any potential legal problems with any of your employees.

The Paid Leave for All Workers Act

The Paid Leave for All Workers Act (PLAWA) was passed last March but just went into effect last month. Under the new law, workers can earn up to 40 hours (five days) of paid leave each year (within a 12-month period). For every 40 hours an employee works, they earn one hour of paid leave.

Anyone who was employed at a company on January 1, 2024, can begin using their earned paid leave time on March 31, 2024. The date for anyone employed at a company after the first of the year can begin using their paid leave time 90 days after their start date.

The law also requires any unused paid leave to carry over to the next year for the employee’s benefit. However, the employer is not required to cash out the balance if the employee is leaving the company.

Who Does the New Law Cover?

The new law applies to the majority of workers, covering both full-time and part-time employees, who will receive the full wage they normally earn. If an employee is a tipped worker, his or her rate will be the minimum wage.

There are some exceptions to the law. For example, the PLAWA does not apply to any employees who are currently covered under the Cook County or Chicago paid leave laws. Other exceptions include:

  • Employees of school districts that operate under the Illinois School Code.
  • Students who work at the college or university they are also enrolled in.
  • A collective bargaining agreement currently covers employees in the construction industry.
  • A collective bargaining agreement covers presently employees in the transportation/delivery industry.

Contact an Illinois Employment Lawyer for Legal Help

Failure to comply with all the rules of the law can lead to penalties and fines. To ensure you are providing your employees with all the benefits the state of Illinois requires, it is important to work with a skilled Schaumburg, IL employment law attorney. Call The Miller Law Firm, P.C. at 847-995-1205 to schedule a free consultation and make sure your company is protected.

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