Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Friend of the blog Jeff Nowak brings to our attention a new Illinois law which significantly broadens leave entitlements for (and rights of) employees who are victims of domestic or sexual violence. It's effective immediately, and applies to all private employers with 15 or more employees and all public employers.
Here's more from Jeff's firm's, Franczek Radelet,newsletter:
Originally enacted in 2003, the Illinois Victim's Economic Security and Safety Act ("VESSA") provides certain protections to employees who are, or whose family or household members are victims of domestic or sexual violence. Among other things, VESSA prohibits discrimination against such employees, requires employers to provide them with reasonable accommodations, and allows them to take up to 12 weeks of statutorily protected leave.
Effective August 24, 2009, Public Act 96-0635 amends VESSA by, among other things, extending the law's coverage to smaller employers and expanding the definition of "family or household member" so that more employees are covered by the Act.