Warren County Board Chairman Mike Pearson Comments on Paid Leave for All Workers Act Halt


The Illinois’ Paid Leave for All Workers Act mandating that every employee in the state gets up to 40 hours of paid time off a year, or one hour of leave for every 40 hours worked, has now been halted amid concerns. Warren County Board Chairman Mike Pearson reports counties and municipalities were to be exempt from the act, but that has not been the case:

“We get reports through a county associations, I have had at least three, if not four, reports that the original plan for this was more for small businesses, although it applies to all employers, but counties and municipalities were suppose to be exempt, but they weren’t. There are a lot of questions. Essentially if you hire a dozen different people, whether they are full time or part time, they come under the osmosis of this paid time off act. Now, taking that a step further, if you have summer help or if you hire a housekeeper, they qualify for paid time off. Now, how do you keep track of that; how do you document that.”

The Paid Leave for All Workers Act passed in January of 2023 and took effect last month in Illinois, but is not on hold until the Joint Committee on Administration Rules meet in March.

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