Update Applicable to:
All employers with 50 or more employees in Illinois
On August 4, 2023, Governor JB Pritzker of Illinois signed SB2034 into law. This legislation is associated with significant legal developments, including changes related to bereavement leave rights for employees in Illinois.
What are the details?
Starting January 1, 2024, SB 2034 mandates that companies employing 250 or more full-time workers must offer up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to employees who have lost a child due to suicide or homicide. For employers with 50 to 249 full-time employees, the requirement is reduced to a maximum of 6 weeks of unpaid leave for the same circumstances.
Employees have the flexibility to take this leave continuously or intermittently in increments of at least 4 hours. However, it’s crucial to note that this leave must be utilized within one year from the date the employee notifies the employer about their loss. This legislation aims to provide support to employees during extremely challenging times while considering the varying sizes and capacities of employers.
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What do employers need to do?
Illinois employers are advised to assess and, if necessary, update their bereavement policies to align with these new regulations, which take effect on January 1, 2024. This proactive step will help ensure compliance with the state’s evolving requirements.
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