Wondering whether you’re covered under the Illinois family medical leave act or not? Here’s what you need to know:

You are covered if:

  • You are a state employee and have already rendered service for at least 12 months, says the Employment HQ Law
  • You have been employed for at least 6 consecutive months. This qualifies you to 8 hours of leave for visits to your child’s school. However, you might not go over 4 hours of school visitation leave in a day. Also, the leave will not be taken unless you’ve run through all your available vacation leave, personal leave or any other type of disability or sick leave you have.
  • You have been employed for at least a year and have rendered about 1,250 hours of unpaid leave. This qualifies you for a family military leave. Your spouse, child or relative’s military service, though, should last longer than 30 days.
  • You can qualify for a parental and family leave to take care of adoption details and requirements. If you are a state employee, you can file for 10 days of paid adoption leave. However, there can only be one maternity, paternity and adoption leave per family in a year.
  • For female state employees, you’ll need to pre-certify your pregnancy within the first 20 weeks to make you eligible for 20 days of paid maternity leave.

These are just a few of the things you should know about the Illinois family medical leave act. That way, if you or your family member should ever need to file for a leave of absence from work, you’ll know how much leave you or your family members are entitled to. You won’t have to be short-changed just because you don’t know the law. For further assistance and better understanding, though, it would be better to seek out the help of an employment lawyer.

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