A law designed to provide workplace flexibility to family caregivers has been signed into law in Illinois. 

The law, House Bill 6162, termed the Employee Sick Leave Act, permits employees to use up to six months of earned sick leave benefits for caregiving responsibilities, rather than restricting them to using that leave for their own health-related issues. It passed the legislature with bipartisan support, and has been signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Among the bill's main provisions are the definition of "family member" to include child, spouse, sibling, grandchild, in-law, grandparent or stepparent, and the requirement that employees be permitted to use six months of accrued sick leave benefits to provide care for a family member's illness, injury or medical appointment.

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