Illinois employees have enhanced leave options in addition to their rights under the federal FMLA.

Employers with 50 or more employees are subject to Illinois’ School Visitation Rights Act, the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act and the Employee Blood Donation Leave Act. Also, employers with at least 15 employees must comply with the Illinois Family Military Leave Act.

School Visitation Rights Act

Under the School Visitation Rights Act, you must grant parents a maximum of eight hours per school year to attend teacher conferences or classroom activities if they can’t be scheduled during nonwork hours. Employees may not take more than four hours of school-visitation leave on any given day.

Even though school-visitation leave is unpaid, the law requires you to make a good-faith effort to allow employees to make up the time. If that’s not feasible, you’re not obligated to pay them for the time off.

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