SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Workers will receive a guaranteed five days of paid personal time off or sick leave under a new law backed by state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur.

“Protecting workers doesn’t just mean making sure they’re shielded from harassment, discrimination and unsafe working conditions,” Scherer said. “This bill was backed by many businesses and commerce organizations because they know that, at the end of the day, better-supported workers help businesses become more productive and profitable.” 

Scherer voted to pass Senate Bill 208, which was signed on Monday. The law applies to businesses with more than 5 workers, and it allows workers up to 5 days of paid time off for any reason each year. The governor’s signing joins Illinois with the 14 other states that already have similar laws. The law will go into effect on Jan. 1 of next year.

“With rising inflation, the pandemic and other stressors, families need extra help to get through these times,” said Scherer. “I am excited to see Illinois continue to make moves to support and uplift the working families that make up the back bone of our communities across the state.”

Rep. Sue Scherer represents the cities of Springfield and Decatur. For more information on this and other news, please call Scherer at 217-877-9636 or send an email to staterepsue@gmail.com

Rep. Sue SchererRep. Sue Scherer

96th District

Springfield Office:
E-2 Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 524-0353
(217) 524-0354 FAX

District Office:
1301 E. Mound Rd.
Suite 270
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 877-9636
(217) 877-9659 FAX