Effective January 1, 2017, Illinois employers will be required to allow employees in the State to use accrued sick leave for employee absences to attend to family member medical appointments or to otherwise care for an illness or injury of qualifying family members. The recently enacted Employee Sick Leave Act (the "Act") guarantees employees the right to use accrued sick leave to attend to medical appointments or to otherwise care for an ill or injured "child, spouse, sibling, parent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, or stepparent."
Applying the Fair Labor Standard Act's (FLSA) "economic-reality test," the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently ruled that an HR Director can be held personally liable, as an employer, for violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) if they have sufficient control over an employee or their FMLA rights. Graziadio v. Culinary Inst. Of Am., No. 15-888-cv (2nd Cir. 2016).