On July 28, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed HB2493, which amends the state’s Victim’s Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). The changes include expanding the reasons for which employees may take leave under the law.
VESSA provides leave for employees in Illinois who are victims of, or who have family or household members who are victims of:
The total amount of leave employers must provide under VESSA relate to the number of employees they have:
Currently under VESSA, employees in Illinois may take unpaid leave to:
As of January 1, 2024, if a family or household member is killed in a crime of violence employees in Illinois may also take up to two weeks of leave to:
Employees must complete the two weeks of leave within 60 days after the date on which the employee receives notice of the victim’s death.
VESSA does not entitle employees who take leave under the Illinois Family Bereavement Leave Act, to more leave.
To document that a victim was killed in a violent crime, employees in Illinois who request leave under VESSA may give employers copies of a death certificate, published obituary, or written verification of death, burial, or memorial services from a mortuary, funeral home, burial society, crematorium, religious institution, or government agency.
Employers may request only one document during the same 12-month period.
Key to Remember: As of January 1, 2024, employers with employees in Illinois must provide leave under VESSA for additional reasons. Employers should prepare for this change by reviewing and updating related company policies.
This article was written by Darlene M. Clabault, SHRM-CP, PHR, CLMS, of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. The content of these news items, in whole or in part, MAY NOT be copied into any other uses without consulting the originator of the content.