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Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act Amended to Cover Personal Care for Family Members

The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (ESLA) was recently amended to give workers more flexibility to care for their loved ones. ESLA was enacted in 2017 and allows employees to use at least a portion of their personal sick-leave benefits available to them under certain existing employer policies to care for covered family members who have a personal illness, injury or medical appointment. Under the amendment, which became effective April 27, ESLA now also covers leave for a family member’s “personal care.”

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