Bill allows parents more time for children’s academics

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Another new Illinois bill gives parents more flexibility when it comes to actively participating in their child’s academics.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed HB 2830 on Friday. The law requires employers to provide an employee leave if the employee needs to go to an academic or behavioral meeting at the school.

A total of eight hours during the school year may be used by the employee. Sick time is not affected. Also, the bill does not require employers to pay for this kind of leave.

Now, to get this new kind of leave, a parent must not have any vacation or personal time left. Additionally, the employee has to provide their employers with a written request for leave at least a week in advance of the required time. In emergency situations, parents have to give 24 hours notice.

The law goes into effect Aug. 1, 2020.

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