Q. May an employee in Illinois take 12 weeks of unpaid time under the Victim Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) and then take 12 weeks unpaid
A. VESSA provides an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, or who has a family or household member who is a victim of domestic violence, with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per any 12-month period to address issues arising from domestic or sexual violence.
However, unpaid VESSA leave may not be taken in addition to or in excess of unpaid leave allowed under the . Like FMLA, it is improper for an employer to retaliate if an employee takes leave in accordance with the terms of VESSA.
- You have the go-ahead: Fire employee if you discover problems during FMLA leave
- Don't promise FMLA leave if you're not required to comply
- Must we pay out unused vacation days when we fire employees or they quit?
- Employee calling in 'sick' doesn't automatically trigger your FMLA obligations
- Is our employee entitled to take FMLA leave so she can try out a new job?