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FMLA: Illinois

FMLA requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Michael G. Congiu, Littler


  • An Illinois employer should be aware of potential obligations under laws such as the Illinois Family Military Leave Act and local paid sick leave laws, among others. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • 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 Family Military Leave.
  • Although not necessarily a required leave, pregnancy, childbirth or childrearing related leaves must be offered on equivalent bases by covered employers. See Pregnancy Disability and Childrearing Leave.
  • A covered employer must provide bereavement leave for the death of a child. See Child Bereavement Leave.
  • Under Illinois law, an employer that offers personal sick leave benefits must allow employees to use the leave for absences due to a covered family member's illness, injury or medical appointment on the same terms that the employee may use the leave for the employee's own illness or injury. See Kin Care Leave.
  • Localities including Chicago and Cook County have requirements pertaining to paid sick leave. See Local Requirements.