Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has signed a bill into law that requires employers in the state to provide paid leave to their employees.
Under the new law, employees will be entitled to a minimum of 40 hours of paid leave per year, based on the hours they have worked.
Employers can choose to offer more paid leave if they wish.
The time off can be used for any reason, but employers can still require prior notice before employees take time off.
Employers who violate the new law may face penalties and fines.
However, seasonal workers and college students who work temporary jobs for their campus will be exempt from the changes.
The new legislation is significant as it provides workers with time off for illness and other reasons that may arise, improving public health and overall productivity.
The law will go into effect on January 1st, 2024.