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    April 23, 2019

    HB 2830, as amended SCHOOL VISITATION TIME OFF (Neutral)

    Last Action: Referred to Assignments (April 4, 2019)

    Primary Sponsor: Representative Anne Stava-Murray (D-Downers Grove)/Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park)

    Summary: Amends the School Visitation Rights Act to prohibit from terminating an employee for an absence from work if the absence is due to the employee's attendance at a school conference, behavioral meeting, or academic meeting (rather than a school conference or activity).

     

    HB 2847, as amended ORGAN DONOR PROTECTIONS (Neutral)

    Last Action: Referred to Assignments (April 11, 2019)

    Primary Sponsor: Representative Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park)/Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield)

    Summary: Amends the Organ Donor Leave Act. Provides that an employer shall not retaliate against an employee for requesting or obtaining a leave of absence to donate blood, an organ, or bone marrow. Amends the Illinois Insurance Act making it unlawful to refuse to insure, to refuse to continue to insure, to limit the amount, extent, or kind of coverage available for life insurance, disability insurance, or long-term care insurance to an individual, or to charge an individual a different rate for the same coverage, solely because of the individual's status as a living organ donor. With respect to all other conditions, as persons who are living organ donors shall be subject to the same standards of sound actuarial principles or actual or reasonably anticipated experience as are persons who are not organ donors.

    Amends the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act requiring the Secretary of State to create a database consisting of all individuals who have consented to having their names included in the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry who have consented to having their names included in the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry. Allows an organ procurement organization that has executed a data access agreement with the Secretary of State to have online access to the database to determine whether a potential organ and tissue donor is included in the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry. Requires the organ procurement organization to indemnify and hold harmless the State, its officials, and employees for certain costs arising out of the organ procurement organization's use of the database. Effective January 1, 2020.

     

    SB 68, as amended INCOME TAX-ORGAN DONATION (Neutral)

    Last Action: Referred to Rules Committee (April 11, 2019)

    Primary Sponsor: Senator Julie A. Morrison (D)/Representative Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park)

    Summary: Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to provide for a credit against withholding taxes in an amount equal to 25% of the wages or salary paid by a private employer to an Illinois employee while the employee is on organ donation leave if the employer grants all of its employees the option of taking a paid leave of absence of at least 30 days for the purpose of serving as an organ donor or bone marrow donor. Provides that the credit may not exceed $1,000.00 for each employee who takes organ donation leave. Provides that such a leave of absence must be taken without loss of pay, vacation time, compensatory time, personal days, or sick time for at least the first 30 days of the leave of absence. Requires the employer to provide medical documentation and documentation of the employer's organ donation leave policy to the Department of Revenue and to require the employee to allow medical records to be disclosed to the Department of Revenue. If the leave taken spans into a second tax year, the employer qualifies for the credit in the later of the 2 years. Provides that the credit may be carried forward. Effective immediately.

     

    SB 471, as amended: MANDATED PAID TIME OFF (Oppose)

    Last Action: Senate 3rd Reading Deadline extended to May 2, 2019

    Primary Sponsor: Senator Toi Hutchinson (D)

    Summary: Creates the Healthy Workplace Act requiring employers to provide specified paid time off to employees. Sets forth the purposes for and manner in which the paid time off may be used. Contains provisions regarding employer responsibilities, unlawful employer practices, and other matters. Exempts employers subject to the Railway Labor Act. Provides that an employee who works in the State who is absent from work for specified reasons is entitled to earn and use a minimum of 40 hours of paid time off during a 12-month period or a pro rata number of hours of paid sick time. It is unlawful for an employer to interfere with, restrain, deny, change work days or hours scheduled to avoid paying time off, or discipline an employee for the exercise of, or the attempt to exercise, any right provided under or in connection with the Act, including considering the use of paid time off as a negative factor in an employment action that involves hiring, terminating, evaluating, promoting, disciplining, or counting the paid time off under a no-fault attendance policy. Any employer that the Department of Labor or a court finds by a preponderance of the evidence to have knowingly, repeatedly, or with reckless disregard violated any provision of the Act or any rule adopted under the Act is subject to a civil money penalty to be paid to the employee not to exceed $2,500 for each separate offense. Provides that the Department of Labor shall administer the Act. Authorizes individuals to file civil actions with respect to violations..Effective immediately