Do I have a right to vacation time?
It depends. In Illinois, there is no automatic right to vacation time. However, if you have an employment contract or your employer has a vacation policy, either written or verbal, then you should be paid all the vacation time that you have earned up until the point that you are fired or leave your job.
Am I entitled to paid sick leave?
If you work in the City of Chicago, as of July 1, 2017, employers are required to give employees paid sick leave. Visit the Chicago's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance page.
In order to be eligible for paid sick leave, employees must work:
- for their employer for 6 months,
- at least 2 hours within the City in any 2-week period, and
- at least 80 hours during any 120-day period.
Employers are required to give 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours in each 1 year period. Employees can carry over 2.5 hours of paid sick days for the following 1 year period, but employers are not required to pay employees for unpaid sick days. Paid sick leave also extends to employees’ covered family members.
For information about sick leave in other areas of Illinois, see Taking time off work for illness.
If I quit or am fired, am I entitled to severance pay, sick pay, or holiday pay?
No. You are not entitled to severance pay, sick pay, or holiday pay unless your employer promised the pay in a contract or other agreement. You are entitled, however, to pay for any vacation days you did not use if your employer has a paid vacation policy.