(50 ILCS 748/5)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-324)
    Sec. 5. Volunteer emergency worker; when termination of employment prohibited.
    (a) No public or private employer may terminate an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker because the employee, when acting as a volunteer emergency worker, is absent from or late to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency prior to the time the employee is to report to his or her place of employment.
    (b) An employer may charge, against the employee's regular pay, any time that an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker loses from employment because of the employee's response to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker.
    (c) In the case of an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker and who loses time from his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker, the employer has the right to request the employee to provide the employer with a written statement from the supervisor or acting supervisor of the volunteer fire department or governmental entity that the volunteer emergency worker serves stating that the employee responded to an emergency and stating the time and date of the emergency.
    (d) An employee who is a volunteer emergency worker and who may be absent from or late to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker must make a reasonable effort to notify his or her employer that he or she may be absent or late.
(Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04; 94-599, eff. 1-1-06.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-324)
    Sec. 5. Volunteer emergency worker; when termination of employment prohibited.
    (a) No public or private employer may terminate an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker because the employee, when acting as a volunteer emergency worker, is absent from or late to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency prior to the time the employee is to report to his or her place of employment.
    (a-5) A public or private employer shall not discipline an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker if the employee, in the scope of acting as a volunteer emergency worker, responds to an emergency phone call or text message during work hours that requests the person's volunteer emergency services. This subsection (a-5) does not apply to a person employed by a public or private vehicle service provider and who is in the course of performing services as Emergency Medical Services personnel as defined in Section 3.5 of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act. This subsection (a-5) shall not diminish or supersede an employer's written workplace policy, a collective bargaining agreement, administrative guidelines, or other applicable written rules administered by the employer. Existing written policies governing the use of cell phones shall prevail and control.
    (b) An employer may charge, against the employee's regular pay, any time that an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker loses from employment because of the employee's response to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker.
    (c) In the case of an employee who is a volunteer emergency worker and who loses time from his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker, the employer has the right to request the employee to provide the employer with a written statement from the supervisor or acting supervisor of the volunteer fire department or governmental entity that the volunteer emergency worker serves stating that the employee responded to an emergency and stating the time and date of the emergency.
    (d) An employee who is a volunteer emergency worker and who may be absent from or late to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties as a volunteer emergency worker must make a reasonable effort to notify his or her employer that he or she may be absent or late.
(Source: P.A. 100-324, eff. 1-1-18.)