The Biden Administration has announced its plan to end the COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) on May 11, 2023. Employer-sponsored health plans have been required to comply with certain coverage requirements during the COVID-19 emergency periods.

Illinois has amended the state’s Child Bereavement Act and renamed it the Family Bereavement Leave Act. The amendments provide additional reasons for bereavement leave, including the deaths of employees’ family members and reasons relating to failed pregnancies, fertility treatments and adoptions. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2023.

The Illinois legislature has passed the Paid Leave for All Workers Act (the Act), which requires employers to provide most employees with at least five days of paid leave per year for any reason. Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign the measure. The bill was passed Jan. 10, 2023, and if signed into law, it will take effect Jan. 1, 2024.

Beginning in 2018, Illinois implemented its state-sponsored retirement program—the Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program (Secure Choice). This program offers a Roth Individual Retirement Arrangement (IRA) to employees in Illinois who do not have access to a tax-qualified retirement program through work.

On Nov. 8, 2022, Illinois voters approved Constitutional Amendment (CA) 1, which guarantees workers a broad right to collective bargaining. The amendment will become effective after the measure is certified and declared adopted by the state Board of Elections within 20 days of election day.

As of Jan. 1, 2020, all employers in Illinois must provide annual employee training on workplace sexual harassment prevention. In addition, as of July 1, 2020, all provisions of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) apply to every employer in the state, regardless of size (previously, the law applied only to those with 15 or more employees).