VESSA provides an employee who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, or who has a family or household member who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from work during any 12-month period to address the domestic or sexual violence.
The Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act provides an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, or who has a family or household member who is a victim of domestic violence, with up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave per any twelve (12) month period to address issues arising from domestic or sexual violence.
VESSA leave may be taken intermittently or in a reduced work schedule.
The employee shall provide the employer with at least 48 hours’ advance notice of the employee’s intention to take leave, except in such cases where it is not practicable to provide such notice.
Employers may require certification that VESSA leave is to be taken for one of the purposes listed and that the employee or employee’s family or household member is a victim of domestic or sexual iolence. An employee may satisfy such a certification requirement by providing a sworn statement of the employee and:
Employers must maintain the confidentiality of all information pertaining to the use of VESSA leave, notice of an employee’s intention to take VESSA leave, and certification provided by the employee.
If an employer is found to have violated the Act. the department may require the employer to
The Illinois Department of Labor administers and enforces the provisions of this Act
Illinois Department of Labor
160 N LaSalle Street, Suite C-1300
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Information gathered from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, the Department of Human Services and Department of Labor. A project supported by Grant #10-WF-BX-0015