Illinois state senator introduces bill to allow airline employees to take sick leave for relatives

Illinois State Senator Michael Hastings has introduced legislation to allow airline employees to take paid sick time for relatives, the representative said.

Railway and airline employees are exempt from Illinois´ Employee Sick Leave Act, meaning flight attendants and other airline workers cannot use their earned sick days to care for a sick relative, as others have been able to since the law was expanded in 2017.

State Sen. Michael Hastings´ legislation would remove airline employees from the exempted group in the law.

Hastings says the same change has been made in Maryland and Georgia, allowing for airline employees to take sick leave for immediate family.

Airline groups have sued other states in the past for sick-leave policies, saying expanded sick leave laws would create an undue burden on the industry, resulting in more cancellations and higher prices for flights.