CHICAGO – Families affected by violent crime are now guaranteed additional leave from work under a new law enacted by state Rep. Edgar Gonzalez Jr, D-Chicago.
“It’s no secret that financial stability is something we work towards everyday. Pushing through difficult situations and negotiating an appropriate time to call off from work is very common,” Gonzalez said. “Too many families in my community have experienced unimaginable loss because of violent crimes. Unfortunately, constituents aren’t allowed to properly grieve the loss of a loved one, and regularly family members must put together arrangements while worrying about risking their financial future. I pushed to change this narrative and I will continue to fight for the rights and safety of everyone in our community.”
Gonzalez sponsored House Bill 2493 which entitles workers to two weeks or ten business days of unpaid leave following the death of a loved one due to violent crime. This legislation expands how employers can support their employees as they prepare for or participate in arrangements following the loss of a household member. Employers and employees will work together to certify the time off with a notice, a death certificate or another document. The legislation went into effect on Jan. 1.