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Employment Law Updates

There were a number of new and changed Illinois employment laws at the beginning of 2023. This is intended to provide a few highlights. Please contact Human Resources for more information.

Family Bereavement Leave Act (Was Child Bereavement Leave Act). Expands to include certain additional family members and reasons for leave.

Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA). Added the Crown Act (Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair), expanding the definition of race to include traits, including hairstyle.

Illinois Sick Leave Act. Added that an employee can use the sick leave benefit for personal care of the employee’s family member.

Minimum Wage. $13/hr. Minimum wage for tipped workers: $7.80 hr. Youths: $10.50

One Day Rest in Seven (ODRISA). Nonexempt employees with at least 24 consecutive hours off in each consecutive 7-day period instead of each calendar week. Additional meal period for those who work long shifts. Employees who work more than 7.5 hours in a row will be entitled to an additional 20 minute break for every 4.5 hours worked.

Victims Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). Expands to include certain additional family members and adds gender violence now defined as violence or aggression that is illegal under State law and committed, in part, on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sex or gender, whether or not criminal charges were ultimately brought.