102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/5/2022, by Rep. Maurice A. West, II
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
820 ILCS 154/35 new
Creates the Child Extended Bereavement Leave Act. Provides that the
Act may be referred to as Zachary's Parent Protection Act. Provides that an
employee of a large employer that employs 250 or more full-time employees
is entitled to use a maximum of 26 weeks of unpaid leave if the employee
experiences the loss of a child, 26 years of age or younger, by suicide.
Provides that an employee of a small employer that employs at least 50 but
fewer than 250 full-time employees is entitled to use a maximum of 12 weeks
of unpaid leave if the employee experiences the loss of a child, 26 years
of age or younger, by suicide. Provides that leave may be taken in a single
continuous period or intermittently, but leave must be completed within
one year after the employee notifies the employer of the loss. Permits an
employer to require reasonable advance notice of the employee's intention
to leave and reasonable documentation. Provides that an employee who takes
leave under the Act is entitled to be restored to the position of
employment held by the employee when the leave commenced or to be restored
to an equivalent position. Provides that nothing in the Act shall be
construed to entitle any restored employee the accrual of any seniority or
employment benefits during any period of leave. Prohibits an employer from
taking any adverse action against an employee who exercises his or her
rights under the Act. Requires the Department of Labor to enforce the Act.
Provides that a person who uses leave under either the Child Bereavement
Leave Act or the Child Extended Bereavement Leave Act may not take leave
under the other Act, and amends the Child Bereavement Leave Act
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AN ACT concerning employment.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Short title; references to Act.
(a) This Act may be cited as the
Bereavement Leave Act.
(b) This Act may be referred to as Zachary's Parent
In this Act:
"Child" means an employee's biological or adopted child or
legal ward who is 26 years of age or younger.
"Department" means the Department of Labor.
"Employee" means a full-time employee of a large employer
or a small employer who has worked for that employer for at
least 2 weeks; however, "employee" does not include a salaried
employee who is among the highest paid 10% of the employees
employed by the employer.
"Employer" means a large employer or a small employer.
"Large employer" means a person or entity, other than the
federal government or an agency of the federal government,
that employs 250 or more employees on a full-time basis in
"Small employer" means a person or entity, other than the