92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB0497
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FAMILY LEAVE-TECH                                                          

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Creates the Shared-Cost Family Leave  Program  Act.   Contains  a      
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          STATE MANDATES NOTE, H-AM 1                                          
          (Department of Commerce and Community Affairs)                       
          In the opinion of DCCA, HB 497 (H-am 1) creates a local              
          government organization and structure mandate for which              
          reimbursement of the increased costs to local governments            
          is not required under the State Mandates Act.                        
          FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 1 (Department of Employment Security)              
          The bill would authorize a maximum reimbursement of $6500 per        
          employee on leave (i.e. a maximum reimbursement of $250 per          
          week of qualified leave for up to 26 weeks). There are about         
          200,000 births and adoptions per year in Illinois. Therefore         
          assuming only one person per birth or adoption receives leave        
          payments that qualify, the costs for just the family leave por-      
          tion of the bill could be as high as $1.3 billion annually. It       
          is unknown how many individuals would qualify under the medical      
          leave portion of the bill, but it would certainly add signifi-       
          cantly to the maximum potential cost. It is difficult, if not        
          impossible, to quantify how many reimbursed weeks would              
          actually be payable if the bill is enacted. The bill does not        
          identify a funding source or expected annual amount for these        
          The administrative costs for PFMLA would not be chargeable to        
          IDES's federal administrative grants. Non-Federal funds would        
          have to appropriated and expended to cover the expense of ad-        
          ministration, and PFMLA would also be required to pay its fair       
          share of indirect costs. Based on the magnitude of this program      
          relative to IDES unemployment tax administrative efforts and         
          assuming the Department will not be required to collect the re-      
          venues to support the program, the minimum PFMLA administrative      
          costs would be approximately $10 million per year.  Addition-        
          ally, administration of PFMLA would jeopardize IDES use of fed-      
          eral penalty mail, potentially requiring the agency to shift         
          to commercial metering of agency mail, which could cost $500         
          thousand per year. Existing IDES equipment was purchased with        
          federal grant monies, which means the use of this equipment of       
          of PFMLA may be restricted or possibly even prohibited, requir-      
          ing additional expenditures for the purchase of dedicated            
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE

   Last action date: JAN-07-2003

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   0


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