As we previously reported, in early 2023, Illinois passed the Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act (“PLAWA”), which took effect on January 1, 2024. Under the law, all Illinois employers (except for certain school and park districts and employers covered by preexisting municipal or county ordinances that require paid leave) will be required to provide up to 40 hours of annual paid leave to all employees which can be used for any reason.
Another requirement under the law is that employers provide notice regarding the leave to employees and that they display a Paid Leave poster in a prominent location at each worksite and include a copy of the notice in a written document or if the employer has one, a written employee manual or policy. The notice must be provided to new employees upon hire and to existing employees by no later than March 31, 2024. Of note, if a significant portion of workers are not literate in English, employers must notify the IDOL, and they will provide a notice in the appropriate language.
The notice is now available from the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL). Employers may download the notice from the IDOL’s website and ensure that it is posted in a prominent location at each worksite, as well as included in their employee handbook if one exists. Employers with a remote workforce are encouraged to provide the notice to employees electronically.