ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is alerting workers that the “Paid Leave for All Workers Act” is in effect across Illinois since Jan. 1 of this year, requiring all employers in Illinois to provide their employees with up to 5 paid days off per year.

“With the many different responsibilities that residents have, it is critical that workers have the flexibility to take a few days off throughout the year,” said Manley. “Jobs that don’t provide paid time off can force employees into making difficult decisions, such as having to choose between taking care of a sick family member or going to work and getting a paycheck. I am proud that Illinois is officially the first state in the region to guarantee a worker’s right to have paid time off that they can use for any reason.”

Earlier this year, Manley cosponsored legislation creating the Paid Leave for All Workers Act. Beginning on Jan. 1, the act allows workers to earn up to 5 paid days off per year which can be used for any reason. Workers accrue 1 hour of paid time off per every 40 hours worked. Starting March 31, 2024, workers can begin using their paid time off, which can be taken without employees being required to provide documentation or find a replacement worker for their shift. Workers will be entitled to their full pay when on leave, and tipped workers will be paid the minimum wage.

During her time in the General Assembly, Manley has fought to improve conditions for workers. Thanks to legislation Manley helped pass in 2019, the minimum wage in Illinois was raised to $14 per hour on Jan. 1, 2024 and will be further raised to $15 per hour at the start of 2025. Manley also supported the passage of the Workers’ Rights Amendment in 2021, which enshrined the right of workers to collective bargaining in the Illinois Constitution.

“We have made great progress over the past few years as it applies to the rights of workers but like most things, there is more work to be done.” said Manley. “Most employers know that their work force is their greatest asset and that, along with the protections we provide here in Illinois, is the reason our communities and our state will continue to thrive”

Rep. Natalie ManleyRep. Natalie Manley


Assistant Majority Leader

98th District

Springfield Office:
300 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-3316

District Office:
1050 W. Romeo Rd.
Suite 101
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 725-2741