Feigenholtz looks to expand options for parental leave

SPRINGFIELD – The Senate Labor Committee approved a measure sponsored by State Senator Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) that will allow teachers and other school employees to use paid sick leave after fostering, adopting or giving birth to a child.

“Today’s Illinois families are formed and function quite differently than when these laws were originally written,” Feigenholtz said. “New parents, including LGBTQ+ couples and single parents, should have flexibility to decide how and when to use their earned time off to care for and bond with their new child.”

House Bill 816 redefines how teachers and other school employees outside of Chicago are able to use 30 working days of paid sick leave after the birth, adoption or fostering of a child at any time within the year after the child joins the family.

“Giving parents the flexibility to use their earned time in a way that best suits them is how things should work in today’s world,” Feigenholtz said.

The measure passed committee with no opposition and will now head to the full Senate for further consideration.