(Springfield, IL) – February 29, 2012. An Illinois House panel today approved an Illinois version of the Family and Medical Leave Act that would include civil union couples.
The House Civil Law Committee voted 7–4 to advance the bi-partisan plan, House Bill 4724, that would grant workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child, for the care of an ill family member, or for an employee illness. After the 12 weeks, the employee would be restored to the former or equivalent position with equivalent benefits.
Unlike the federal Family Medical Leave Act, the Illinois version would include civil union couples.
“This is yet another example of why Civil Unions are not equal for the LGBT community,” said State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), the measure’s chief sponsor. “We have to make sure that all families, regardless of sexual orientation…”
The bill’s co-chief sponsor is State Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights).
In addition to Cassidy and Harris, House sponsors of the bill include State Representatives: Greg Harris (D-Chicago), Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), Deborah Mell (D-Chicago), Ann Williams (D-Chicago), and Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston).
The legislation now moves to the full House for consideration.