New Law Expands Employee Coverage Under FMLA

On August 10, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 12 into law as P.A. 102-0335, which amends the School Code to effectively expand the eligibility for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to employees who previously did not typically work enough hours to be eligible for leave.  Specifically, the new law reduces the hours threshold for eligibility under the FMLA for school district employees from 1,250 hours in the past 12 months to 1,000 hours. 

By reducing the hours worked threshold, thousands of previously ineligible educational support personnel who previously did not typically work at least 1,250 hours per year will now be eligible due to the decreased hours threshold. The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2022.

If you have questions regarding the employees covered by this new law or how to implement its requirements moving forward, please contact Chris Hoffmann or any attorney in our Labor/Personnel Practice Group.

Source: Public Act 102-0335