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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 Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Illinois. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Illinois employers may be required to provide family military leave, pregnancy leave and accommodation, and kin care leave under state law. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Under the Child Bereavement Leave Act, 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.
  • The School Visitation Rights Act requires an employer to allow employees to take time off to attend their children's school conferences and meetings. See School Visitation Leave.
  • A covered employer must provide paid leave for employees to donate blood under the Employee Blood Donation Leave Act. See Blood Donor Leave.
  • The Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act allows an employee to take unpaid leave for reasons related to domestic violence, sexual violence or gender violence. See Domestic Violence Leave.
  • An employee is entitled to take leave to serve jury duty. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • An employer may not take unlawful actions against employees who witness a crime. See Witness Leave.
  • An employer must give employees time off to vote during certain elections. See Voting Leave.
  • Illinois law provides leave and reinstatement rights to military servicemembers. 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.