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Other Leaves: Illinois

Other Leaves requirements for other states

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

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline, Stacey Smiricky and Lindsey M. Hogan, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Illinois. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Illinois does not have a state family and medical leave law applicable to private employers. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • For employees with family members in military service, the Illinois Family Military Act allows those employees leave from work when the service member is called into duty. See Family Military Leave.
  • A covered employer must treat a pregnancy disability like any other temporary disability with respect to rules for leave, seniority, benefits, reinstatement, insurance and the like. See Pregnancy and Childrearing.
  • An employee may use personal sick leave benefits to care for a covered family member. See Kin Care Leave.
  • A covered employer must provide an eligible employee with up to two weeks of unpaid bereavement leave for the death of a child. See Child Bereavement Leave.
  • An employer must give the appropriate amount of leave for employees to attend their children's school meetings. See School Visitation Leave.
  • Certain Illinois employers must provide leave for employees to donate blood. See Blood Donor Leave.
  • An employee who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, or whose family or household member is a victim, is entitled to take unpaid leave for reasons related to the domestic or sexual violence. See Domestic Violence Leave.
  • An employee seeking leave for jury duty must provide the appropriate notification to his or her employer. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • An employer may not take unlawful actions against employees who witness crimes. See Witness Leave.
  • An employer must give the appropriate amount of leave time for employees to vote during certain elections. See Voting Leave.
  • Illinois law provides leave and reinstatement rights to employees in military service. See Military Leave.
  • An employer may not terminate a volunteer emergency worker who is late for or absent from work due to an emergency call. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • Localities including Chicago and Cook County have requirements pertaining to paid sick leave. See Local Requirements.