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Public Act 102-0275


 

Public Act 0275 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY



 


 
Public Act 102-0275
 
HB0816 EnrolledLRB102 14827 CMG 20180 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
24-6 as follows:
 
    (105 ILCS 5/24-6)
    Sec. 24-6. Sick leave. The school boards of all school
districts, including special charter districts, but not
including school districts in municipalities of 500,000 or
more, shall grant their full-time teachers, and also shall
grant such of their other employees as are eligible to
participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund under
the "600-Hour Standard" established, or under such other
eligibility participation standard as may from time to time be
established, by rules and regulations now or hereafter
promulgated by the Board of that Fund under Section 7-198 of
the Illinois Pension Code, as now or hereafter amended, sick
leave provisions not less in amount than 10 days at full pay in
each school year. If any such teacher or employee does not use
the full amount of annual leave thus allowed, the unused
amount shall be allowed to accumulate to a minimum available
leave of 180 days at full pay, including the leave of the
current year. Sick leave shall be interpreted to mean personal
illness, quarantine at home, or serious illness or death in
the immediate family or household, or birth, adoption, or
placement for adoption. The school board may require a
certificate from a physician licensed in Illinois to practice
medicine and surgery in all its branches, a chiropractic
physician licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, a
licensed advanced practice registered nurse, a licensed
physician assistant, or, if the treatment is by prayer or
spiritual means, a spiritual adviser or practitioner of the
teacher's or employee's faith as a basis for pay during leave
after an absence of 3 days for personal illness or 30 days for
birth or as the school board may deem necessary in other cases.
If the school board does require a certificate as a basis for
pay during leave of less than 3 days for personal illness, the
school board shall pay, from school funds, the expenses
incurred by the teachers or other employees in obtaining the
certificate. For paid leave for adoption or placement for
adoption, the school board may require that the teacher or
other employee provide evidence that the formal adoption
process is underway, and such leave is limited to 30 days
unless a longer leave has been negotiated with the exclusive
bargaining representative.
    Sick leave shall also be interpreted to mean birth,
adoption, placement for adoption, and the acceptance of a
child in need of foster care. Teachers and other employees to
which this Section applies are entitled to use up to 30 days of
paid sick leave because of the birth of a child that is not
dependent on the need to recover from childbirth. Paid sick
leave because of the birth of a child may be used absent
medical certification for up to 30 working school days, which
days may be used at any time within the 12-month period
following the birth of the child. The use of up to 30 working
school days of paid sick leave because of the birth of a child
may not be diminished as a result of any intervening period of
nonworking days or school not being in session, such as for
summer, winter, or spring break or holidays, that may occur
during the use of the paid sick leave. For paid sick leave for
adoption, placement for adoption, or the acceptance of a child
in need of foster care, the school board may require that the
teacher or other employee to which this Section applies
provide evidence that the formal adoption process or the
formal foster care process is underway, and such sick leave is
limited to 30 days unless a longer leave has been negotiated
with the exclusive bargaining representative. Paid sick leave
for adoption, placement for adoption, or the acceptance of a
child in need of foster care need not be used consecutively
once the formal adoption process or the formal foster care
process is underway, and such sick leave may be used for
reasons related to the formal adoption process or the formal
foster care process prior to taking custody of the child or
accepting the child in need of foster care, in addition to
using such sick leave upon taking custody of the child or
accepting the child in need of foster care.
    If, by reason of any change in the boundaries of school
districts, or by reason of the creation of a new school
district, the employment of a teacher is transferred to a new
or different board, the accumulated sick leave of such teacher
is not thereby lost, but is transferred to such new or
different district.
    For purposes of this Section, "immediate family" shall
include parents, spouse, brothers, sisters, children,
grandparents, grandchildren, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law,
sisters-in-law, and legal guardians.
(Source: P.A. 99-173, eff. 7-29-15; 100-513, eff. 1-1-18.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/6/2021