Illinois General Assembly

  Bills & Resolutions  
  Compiled Statutes  
  Public Acts  
  Legislative Reports  
  IL Constitution  
  Legislative Guide  
  Legislative Glossary  

 Search By Number
 (example: HB0001)
Search Tips

Search By Keyword

Illinois Compiled Statutes

Information maintained by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Updating the database of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) is an ongoing process. Recent laws may not yet be included in the ILCS database, but they are found on this site as Public Acts soon after they become law. For information concerning the relationship between statutes and Public Acts, refer to the Guide.

Because the statute database is maintained primarily for legislative drafting purposes, statutory changes are sometimes included in the statute database before they take effect. If the source note at the end of a Section of the statutes includes a Public Act that has not yet taken effect, the version of the law that is currently in effect may have already been removed from the database and you should refer to that Public Act to see the changes made to the current law.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
(50 ILCS 748/) Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act.

50 ILCS 748/1

    (50 ILCS 748/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04; 94-599, eff. 1-1-06.)

50 ILCS 748/3

    (50 ILCS 748/3)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Volunteer emergency worker" means a firefighter who does not receive monetary compensation for his or her services to a fire department or fire protection district and who does not work for any other fire department or fire protection district for monetary compensation. "Volunteer emergency worker" also means a person who does not receive monetary compensation for his or her services as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (licensed as an EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, or Paramedic under the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act), a volunteer ambulance driver or attendant, or a volunteer "Emergency Medical Responder", as defined in Sec. 3.50 of the Emergency Medical Services (EMT) Systems Act, to a fire department, fire protection district, or other governmental entity and who does not work in one of these capacities for any other fire department, fire protection district, or governmental entity for monetary compensation. "Volunteer emergency worker" also means a person who is a volunteer member of a county or municipal emergency services and disaster agency pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, an auxiliary policeman appointed pursuant to the Municipal Code, or an auxiliary deputy appointed by a county sheriff pursuant to the Counties Code.
    "Monetary compensation" does not include a monetary incentive awarded to a firefighter by the board of trustees of a fire protection district under Section 6 of the Fire Protection District Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-973, eff. 8-15-14.)

50 ILCS 748/5

    (50 ILCS 748/5)
    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.)

50 ILCS 748/10

    (50 ILCS 748/10)
    Sec. 10. Employer's violation; civil action. An employee who is terminated in violation of this Act may bring a civil action against his or her employer who violated this Act. The employee may seek reinstatement to his or her former position, payment of back wages, reinstatement of fringe benefits, and, where seniority rights are granted, reinstatement of seniority rights. The employee must commence such an action within one year after the date of the employer's violation.
(Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04.)

50 ILCS 748/15

    (50 ILCS 748/15)
    Sec. 15. Home rule powers. A home rule unit may not regulate employment in a manner inconsistent with the regulation by the State of employment under this Act. This Section is a limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise by home rule units of powers and functions exercised by the State.
(Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04.)

50 ILCS 748/20

    (50 ILCS 748/20)
    Sec. 20. Applicability. This Act does not apply to any employer that is a municipality with a population of 7,500 or more.
(Source: P.A. 94-599, eff. 1-1-06; 95-59, eff. 1-1-08.)

50 ILCS 748/99

    (50 ILCS 748/99)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04.)