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01 Sep

September 2021: Illinois Amends Victim’s Economic Security and Safety Act

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in Illinois.

What happened?
On August 20, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed HB 3582 into law, which amended the Victim’s Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA).

What are the details?
The law, effective immediately, amends VESSA to allow employees to take leave if they or a covered family or household member is a victim of any crime of violence.

The amendment also expands the definition of “family or household member” to include a party to a civil union, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, or any other person related by blood or by present or prior marriage or civil union, or any other person who shares a relationship through a child, or any other individual whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship as determined by the employee. Spouses and parents, as well as persons jointly residing in the same household, continue to be covered under the statute.

The law can be found and read here.

An article on the law can be read here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the law and the amendments it brings to VESSA and update their leave policies to stay in compliance with the additional coverage from the amendments.