Last week I answered a question about theVictims’ Economic Security & Safety Act (VESSA) section of the Illinois labor law poster called “Your Rights Under Illinois Employment Laws”, stating that it had not changed.

However, it is true that the VESSA law was expanded in 2009.

Since then I asked the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) for further explanation since the 2009 amendment expanded VESSA to employers with at least 15 employees.  These employees are now entitled to 8 weeks of leave during a 12-month period.

(The original VESSA law applies to employers with at least 50 employees.  These employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of domestic or sexual violence leave.)

I was told by IDOL that the description of the law on the poster is still accurate since it states that the length of the leave can be “up to 12 weeks”.

If you need to update your Illinois labor law poster or have other federal or state labor law poster questions, go to the Poster Compliance Center Illinois labor law poster page or call 1-800-322-3636.