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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.
  • The Illinois Family Military Act allows certain employees leave from work when a service member is called into military service. 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.