Illinois state law allows for victims and relatives to take unpaid time off from work to deal with domestic or sexual violence issues. Victims and their family members, including household members may take up to 12 work weeks off during any given year (12 month period). The amount of time off depends on the number of employees:
- 12 weeks: for companies with at least 50 employees
- 8 weeks: for companies with 15 - 49 employees
- 4 weeks: for companies with 1 - 14 employees
The following people may qualify for paid time off from work:
- Victims of domestic or sexual violence
- Family members of the victim
- Household members living with the victim
This means that the victim, family members related by blood or marriage, and anyone living with the victim can request unpaid time off from work to deal with this issue.
What can time off be used for?
The unpaid time off may be used to conduct any of the following activities related to domestic or sexual violence:
- To get medical attention.
- To get victims services
- To get psychological counseling
- To conduct safety planning, relocating, or taking other actions to increase safety
- To get legal help or assistance