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Must we grant time off so employees can participate in activities at their children’s schools?

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Q. An employee is asking for time off to attend a classroom activity for his child. Do we have to comply with this request?

A. The Illinois School Visitation Rights Act provides leave for parents and guardians to attend conferences or classroom activities of their children’s schools when participation can’t be rescheduled during nonworking hours. The act applies to organizations with 50 or more employees.

The employee must have been employed at least six consecutive months before requesting leave and have been employed at least half-time to be eligible for leave.

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