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Author: Michael G. Congiu, Littler Mendelson, PC


  • Under the Illinois Family Military Leave Act, there are different standards that apply to employers with between 15 and 50 employees and employers with more than 50 employees. See Illinois Family Military Leave Act
  • Although not necessarily a required leave, pregnancy, childbirth or child-rearing related leaves must be offered on equivalent bases by employers with 15 or more employees. See Pregnancy Disability and Child Rearing Leave.
  • Illinois recently passed a law permitting same sex couples to marry. The law will take effect on June 1, 2014, and thereafter, Illinois employers falling under the FMLA must provide family medical leave to otherwise eligible same-sex spouses. Same-sex couples across the state may get married immediately if one partner has a terminal illness. Couples need to apply to marry and get married in Cook County, and provide a doctor's note confirming the illness. See Future Developments.