Paid Leave for All Workers
In March 2023, Illinois enacted the Paid Leave for All Workers Act, which requires most Illinois
employers to provide their employees with up to 40 hours per year of paid leave for any reason. The
Illinois Department of Labor has issued answers to frequently asked questions about the law, which
takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.
The law applies to all Illinois employers, except:
• Public school and park districts (private schools are not exempt); and
• Employers covered by a municipal or county paid leave law in effect on Jan. 1, 2024.
Notably, Chicago and Cook County have paid leave laws. However, employers located in a municipality
that has opted out of a local paid leave are covered by the new state-wide paid leave law.
The law covers state and local governments and their political subdivisions and agencies.
The law covers all employees who work in Illinois, except:
• Short-term employees of higher education institutions;
• Temporary part-time student workers at the college or university they attend;
• Collectively bargained construction workers (defined broadly and including workers who
move materials to and from the job site and on the job site, plow or remove snow, and
• Collectively bargained delivery workers; and
• Railroad workers covered by the federal Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act or the
Railway Labor Act.
The law does not affect or change bona fide collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) in effect on Jan. 1,
2024. After that date, the paid leave law requirements may be waived in CBAs, but only if the waiver is
set forth explicitly in the CBA.
The law covers part-time, full-time and seasonal employees, and all domestic workers as defined by
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David A. Rolf joined Sorling Northrup in 1987 on graduation from law school, and concentrates his practice in personal injury, insurance defense, workers compensation defense, commercial litigation; employment law; eminent domain and other real estate law; Green Energy contracts and agricultural law. Mr. Rolf regularly takes cases to jury verdict, and has appeared before the Illinois Appellate Court for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Districts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also handles commercial and construction arbitration matters for firm clients.
Mr. Rolf is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and was a contributing author to its ITLA Trial Notebook. His work in the agricultural law area has included co-authorship of the Illinois Cooperative Extension Service circular entitled, “Illinois Drainage Law.” He is a member of the American Agriculture Law Association, the Tort and Agricultural Law Sections of the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Sangamon County Bar Association.
Mr. Rolf graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A. in Agricultural Economics, 1984), and also received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1987).