Illinois Supreme Court Issues Decision Addressing Use of Paid Sick Leave For Childbirth (April 28, 2020)

On April 16, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a decision interpreting Section 24-6 of the Illinois School Code, relating to a school employee’s use of sick leave after the birth of a child in Dynak v. Board of Education of Wood Dale School District 7.  In the decision, the Court ruled that Section 24-6 permits a school employee to use up to 30 days of accumulated sick leave during the six-week period immediately following childbirth.  Once that six-week period has elapsed, the employee is not entitled to use paid sick days for birth unless there is another qualifying reason for the use of sick leave. To read our full legal update, click here.