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(5 ILCS 415/) Government Severance Pay Act.

5 ILCS 415/1

    (5 ILCS 415/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Government Severance Pay Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-895, eff. 1-1-19.)

5 ILCS 415/5

    (5 ILCS 415/5)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Department" means any branch, department, college, or school of a university established by the board of trustees of the university.
    "Misconduct" includes, but is not limited to, the following:
        (1) Conduct demonstrating conscious disregard of an
employer's interests and found to be a deliberate violation or disregard of the reasonable standards of behavior which the employer expects of his or her employee. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to, willful damage to an employer's property that results in damage of more than $50, or theft of employer property or property of a customer or invitee of the employer.
        (2) Carelessness or negligence to a degree or
recurrence that manifests culpability or wrongful intent, or shows an intentional and substantial disregard of the employer's interests or of the employee's duties and obligations to his or her employer.
        (3) Chronic absenteeism or tardiness in deliberate
violation of a known policy of the employer or one or more unapproved absences following a written reprimand or warning relating to more than one unapproved absence.
        (4) A willful and deliberate violation of a
standard or regulation of this State by an employee of an employer licensed or certified by this State, which violation would cause the employer to be sanctioned or have its license or certification suspended by this State.
        (5) A violation of an employer's rule, unless the
claimant can demonstrate that:
            (A) he or she did not know, and could not
reasonably know, of the rule's requirements;
            (B) the rule is not lawful or not reasonably
related to the job environment and performance; or
            (C) the rule is not fairly or consistently
        (6) Other conduct, including, but not limited to,
committing criminal assault or battery on another employee, or on a customer or invitee of the employer, or committing abuse or neglect of a patient, resident, disabled person, elderly person, or child in her or his professional care.
    "Severance pay" means the actual or constructive compensation, including salary, benefits, or perquisites, for employment services yet to be rendered which is provided to an employee who has recently been or is about to be terminated, or a university president or chancellor who is transitioning to a new position within the university for which he or she is employed, excluding interim presidents and interim chancellors.
    "Unit of government" means and includes all boards, commissions, agencies, institutions, authorities, and bodies politic and corporate of the State, created by or in accordance with the constitution or statute, of the executive branch of State government and does include colleges, universities, and institutions under the jurisdiction of the governing boards of the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Eastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, Chicago State University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the Board of Higher Education. "Unit of government" also includes units of local government, school districts, and community colleges under the Public Community College Act.
(Source: P.A. 102-378, eff. 8-13-21.)

5 ILCS 415/10

    (5 ILCS 415/10)
    Sec. 10. Severance pay.
    (a) A unit of government that enters into a contract or employment agreement, or renewal or renegotiation of an existing contract or employment agreement, that contains a provision for severance pay with an officer, agent, employee, or contractor must include the following provisions in the contract:
        (1) a requirement that severance pay provided may
not exceed an amount greater than 20 weeks of compensation;
        (2) a prohibition of provision of severance pay
when the officer, agent, employee, or contractor has been fired for misconduct by the unit of government; and
        (3) a requirement that if a provision to transition
into a different position is included in a university president's or chancellor's contract, then the contract must include which department he or she will transition into, and a provision that compensation shall not exceed the annual compensation of the highest paid employee in the department, and that the annual salary shall be commensurate with his or her assigned duties and rank as determined by the Dean of the College, and with the approval of the interim or acting president and the board of trustees.
    (b) Nothing in this Section creates an entitlement to severance pay in the absence of its contractual authorization or as otherwise authorized by law.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary, this Act shall not apply to contracts or employment agreements for individuals employed by the department of intercollegiate athletics of a college or university when the employee's compensation is funded by non-State-appropriated funds, such as revenues generated by athletic events or activities, gifts or donations, or any combination thereof. Nothing in this Section entitles an individual employed by the department of intercollegiate athletics of a college or university to receive severance pay when that individual has been dismissed for misconduct.
(Source: P.A. 101-195, eff. 8-2-19; 102-378, eff. 8-13-21.)