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New Law WIll Require Illinois Employers to Provide Paid Leave for Any Reason


Peyton Demith

Submitted by Firm:
Vedder Price P.C.
Firm Contacts:
Alex Weinstein
Article Type:
Legal Update

On January 10, 2023, the Illinois legislature passed the Paid Leave for All Workers Act (the “PLFAW Act”). With Governor Pritzker announcing he looks forward to signing the bill, the PLFAW Act is set to take effect January 1, 2024. Illinois will join Maine and Nevada as the third state to require private employers to provide to employees earned paid leave that can be used for any reason.

Paid Leave Amount

How Leave Is Used

Separation from Employment

Enforcement and Penalties

Additional Employer Responsibilities


The PLFAW Act will not apply to (1) employees as defined in the Federal Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act or the Railway Labor Act, (2) students working less than full time on a temporary basis at the college or university they attend or (3) short-term employees (less than two (2) consecutive calendar quarters during a calendar year) at an institution of higher education who do not have a reasonable expectation that they will be rehired by the same employer in a subsequent calendar year. School districts organized under the Illinois School Code and park districts organized under the Illinois Park District Code are also exempt. In addition, any collective bargaining agreement negotiated after January 1, 2024, will need to contain an express, clear and unambiguous waiver of the PLFAW Act to avoid its application.

Take Away

Employers with employees in Illinois should prepare for the PLFAW Act to take effect. Employers will have some time to work out the details, but may need to adjust internal policies and systems to comply with the requirements of the new law.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Peyton Demith at or the Vedder Price lawyer(s) with whom you normally work.