The Paid Leave for All Workers Act has gone into effect this year. If you are an employer, this new law may affect your workforce and policies around paid leave. Starting January 1, 2024, Illinois has become a trailblazer by implementing the Paid Leave for All Workers Act, signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker. Here we’ll dive into the key aspects of this groundbreaking legislation and what employers need to know for a seamless transition.

The Paid Leave for All Workers Act

The Paid Leave for All Workers Act marks a significant milestone, making Illinois the third state in the nation and the first in the Midwest to mandate paid leave for any reason. This move reflects the state’s commitment to supporting its workforce, solidifying its reputation as the most pro-worker state in the nation.

Key Features:

Accrual and Utilization:

  • Workers will now earn up to 40 hours of paid leave within a 12-month period.
  • Accrual is set at one hour of leave for every 40 hours worked.
  • Starting March 31, 2024, or 90 days after employment commencement, employees can use their earned time off for any reason without documentation requirements.

Wages and Replacements:

  • Workers will receive their full wage during the leave period.
  • Tipped workers will be paid at least the minimum wage in their respective locale.
  • Employers cannot demand employees to find replacements during their absence.


  • The law covers every employee working in Illinois, including domestic workers. However, certain worker categories are exempt.

Notice Requirement:

Next Steps for Employers:

  1. Understand the specifics of the Paid Leave for All Workers Act. For even more information visit the Illinois Department of Labor website here.
  2. Prepare for the implementation of the accrual and utilization process from March 31, 2024.
  3. Display the required notice in a visible location accessible to all employees.
  4. Communicate the changes to your workforce for awareness and compliance.

As employers, embracing the Paid Leave for All Workers Act not only ensures compliance but also contributes to a positive work environment. By supporting this groundbreaking legislation, you are playing a crucial role in making Illinois the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Stay informed, stay compliant, and continue to prioritize the well-being of your workforce. If you have any questions or need further clarification, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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