2016 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 330 - VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS
330 ILCS 60/ - Service Member's Employment Tenure Act.
(330 ILCS 60/1) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 29)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Service Member's Employment Tenure Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-828, eff. 7-28-04.)
(330 ILCS 60/2) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 30)
Sec. 2. As a guide to the interpretation and application of this Act, the public policy of the State is declared as follows:
As a constituent commonwealth of the United States of America, the State of Illinois is dedicated to the urgent task of strengthening and expediting the national defense under the emergent conditions which are threatening the peace and security of this nation. It is the considered judgment of the General Assembly that the wage earners of Illinois who respond to their country's call to service in this time of crisis, are deserving of every protection of their employment status which the law may afford, and that repetition of the regrettable experience existing after the great war of 1917-1918, wherein returning service men were subjected to serious discrimination with regard to tenure and other rights of employment, must be avoided, since any form of economic discrimination against returning service men is a serious menace to the entire social fabric of the United States of America and the State of Illinois.
By safeguarding the employment and the rights and privileges inhering in the employment contract, of service men, the State of Illinois encourages its workers to participate to the fullest extent in the national defense program and thereby heightens the contribution of our State to the protection of our heritage of liberty and democracy.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 1, p. 1202.)
(330 ILCS 60/3) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 31)
Sec. 3. Definitions. The term "persons in the military service", as used in this Act, shall include the following persons and no others: All members of the Army of the United States, the United States Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, the Coast Guard and all members of the State Militia called into the service or training of the United States of America or of this State. The term "military service", as used in this Act, shall signify Federal service or active duty with any branch of service heretofore referred to as well as training or education under the supervision of the United States preliminary to induction into the military service. The term "military service" also includes any period of active duty with the State of Illinois pursuant to the orders of the President of the United States or the Governor. The term "military service" also includes any period of active duty by members of the National Guard who are called to active duty pursuant to an order of the Governor of this State or an order of a governor of any other state as provided by law. The term "military service" also includes the full-time duties of the Adjutant General and Assistant Adjutants General under Section 17 of the Military Code of Illinois.
The foregoing definitions shall apply both to voluntary enlistment and to induction into service by draft or conscription.
The term "political subdivision", as used in this Act, means any unit of local government or school district.
(Source: P.A. 99-88, eff. 7-21-15; 99-557, eff. 1-1-17.)
(330 ILCS 60/4) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 32)
Sec. 4. Each person in the employ of a private employer or of the State of Illinois or a political subdivision, except as in this Section provided, who, for the purpose of entering the military service, has left or leaves such employ and actually entered the military service as herein defined and who thereafter, (1) receives a certificate or other evidence of honorable discharge or satisfactory completion of his military service under the laws of the United States, and (2) is, at the time of such discharge or completion of such military service, still qualified to perform the duties of the position of employment which he has left, and (3) makes application for re-employment within 90 days after he is relieved from such military service, or from hospitalization continuing after discharge for a period of not more than one year, shall be restored by such employer to the position of employment which he left with the same increases in status, seniority and wages that were earned during his term of military service by employees in like positions who were on the job at the time such returning serviceman entered the service, or to a position of like seniority, status and pay, unless such employer's circumstances have so changed as to make it impossible or unreasonable to do so; however, if such employee otherwise qualified for such reemployment is not qualified to perform the duties of the position of employment which he has left to enter such military service, by reason of disability sustained during such service but qualified to perform the duties of any other position in the employ of the employer, he shall be restored to such other position the duties of which he is qualified to perform as will provide him like seniority, status, and pay, or the nearest approximation thereof consistent with the circumstances in his case, unless, in the case of a private employer, such employer's circumstances have so changed as to make it impossible or unreasonable to do so.
If an employee enters such military service and the position of employment which he left is filled by one or more employees who later enter such military service, the employees shall, upon release from military service, be given preference in the matter of employment in the order in which they entered military service, and the employer shall not be required to retain more than one of them in his employ.
Each person in the employ of a private employer or of the State of Illinois or a political subdivision, except as in this Section provided, who, for the purpose of entering the military service, has left or leaves such employ but who has been rejected for lack of proper qualifications, shall likewise be restored by such employer to the position of employment which he left with the same seniority status and wage increases that an employee who was on the job at the time he left to enter the military service earned during the time such service rejected person was away from his employment because of his attempt to enter the military service, or to a position of like seniority, status and pay, provided, that at the time of such rejection he is qualified to perform the duties of the position of employment which he has left and has made application for re-employment within 90 days after receipt of official notice of such rejection.
The employment restoration provisions of this Section do not apply to an employee of the State who was employed before entering or attempting to enter the military service in a position in a department or other agency in the Executive branch involving principal administrative responsibility for the determination of policy or for the way such policies are carried out.
(Source: P.A. 88-518.)
(330 ILCS 60/4.5)
Sec. 4.5. Copy of employment offer.
(a) If an employer has given an individual a date upon which that individual is to commence performing services for the employer but the individual is called to active military duty pursuant to a declaration of war by the Congress or by the President under the War Powers Act or by the Governor in time of declared emergency or for quelling civil insurrection before the date on which the individual's services were to have commenced, then the employer, upon request made by the individual, shall provide the individual with a written copy of the employment offer. The written copy of the employment offer must include at least the following:
(1) A statement repeating the offer of work and the
date on which the services were to be first performed.
(2) A statement describing the job title or duties to
(3) A statement showing the remuneration offered.
(4) The signature of the employer.
(b) If an individual, upon honorable discharge from the military or satisfactory completion of his or her military service under the laws of the United States, is at the time of such discharge or completion of duty still qualified to perform the duties of the position for which he or she was first offered employment, and if the individual makes application with the employer within 90 days after he or she is relieved from such military service, then the individual shall be given preference for employment with that employer. If circumstances have so changed as to make it impossible or unreasonable for the employer to employ the individual immediately, however, the individual shall remain eligible to begin such employment for a period of up to one year after the date the individual first notified the employer of his or her desire to perform such services.
(c) This Section does not apply if the original offer of work was limited to part-time employment, temporary employment, or casual labor.
(d) Nothing in this Section shall require an employer to hold a job position open, violate any employment law, collectively bargained employment recall, or other employment obligation, or create additional employment to satisfy the requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-162, eff. 7-11-05.)
(330 ILCS 60/5) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 33)
Sec. 5. Any person who is restored or seeks to be restored to a position in accordance with the provisions of this Act, shall be considered as having been on furlough or leave of absence during his military service and shall be so restored without loss of seniority and shall be entitled to participate in insurance or other benefits offered by the employer pursuant to established rules and practices relating to employees on furlough or leave of absence in effect with the employer at the time such person entered military service. Such person shall not be discharged from such position without cause within one year after such restoration.
If an employer provides health insurance, an exclusion or waiting period may not be imposed in connection with coverage of a health or physical condition of a person entitled to participate in that insurance under this Section, or a health or physical condition of any other person who is covered by the insurance by reason of the coverage of that person, if (1) the condition arose before or during that person's period of military service; (2) an exclusion or waiting period would not have been imposed for the condition during a period of coverage resulting from participation by that person in the insurance; and (3) the condition of that person has not been determined to be service connected.
(Source: P.A. 88-518.)
(330 ILCS 60/5.1)
Sec. 5.1. Stay of prosecution. During and for a period of 14 days after a period of military service with the State of Illinois or in federal active duty service pursuant to the orders of the President of the United States or the Governor, a court having jurisdiction over the enforcement of any civil obligation or liability, the prosecution of any civil suit or proceeding, or the entry or enforcement of any civil order, writ, judgment, or decree may stay, postpone, or suspend the matter if the court determines that a person's failure to meet the obligation is the direct result of the aforementioned period of military service. The stay, postponement, or suspension of proceedings does not in any way modify any condition, obligation, term, or liability agreed upon or incurred by a person in military service including but not limited to accrued interest, late fees, or penalties. No stay, postponement, or suspension shall be provided regarding any written agreement entered into, or debt that is incurred, by the person during or after his or her period of military service.
(Source: P.A. 93-822, eff. 7-28-04.)
(330 ILCS 60/5.2)
Sec. 5.2. School attendance and tuition.
(a) Any person in military service with the State of Illinois or in federal active duty service pursuant to the orders of the President of the United States or the Governor has the right to receive a full monetary credit or refund for funds paid to any Illinois public university, college or community college if the person is placed into a period of military service pursuant to the orders of the President of the United States or the Governor and is unable to attend the university or college for a period of 7 or more days. Withdrawal from the course shall not impact upon the final grade point average of the person. If any person who has been enrolled in any Illinois public university, college, or community college is unable to process his or her enrollment for the upcoming term, he or she shall have any and all late penalties and or charges set aside, including any and all late processing fees for books, lab fees, and all items that were not in place because the person was engaged in military service and was unable to enroll in the courses at the appropriate time.
A service member enrolled in an institution of higher learning who is unable, because of his or her military service, to attend classes on a particular day or days has the right to be excused and to reschedule a course examination administered on such day or days. The faculty and administrative officials shall make available to the service member an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination he or she has missed because of his or her military service.
The rights set forth in this Section are in addition to any rights afforded to persons in military service with the State of Illinois or in federal active duty service pursuant to the orders of the President of the United States or the Governor under the policies of an Illinois public university, college, or community college.
(b) For the purposes of this Section:
"Institution of higher learning" has the same meaning as in Section 10 of the Higher Education Student Assistance Act.
"Military service" means any full-time training or duty, no matter how described under federal or State law, for which a service member is ordered to report by the President, Governor of a state, commonwealth, or territory of the United States, or other appropriate military authority.
"Service member" means a resident of Illinois who is a member of any component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the National Guard of any state, the District of Columbia, a commonwealth, or a territory of the United States.
(Source: P.A. 97-913, eff. 1-1-13.)
(330 ILCS 60/6) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 34)
Sec. 6. Employer's violation of Act; penalty; employee's remedies.
(a) An employer's knowing violation of this Act is a Class A misdemeanor with a mandatory minimum fine of not less than $5,000 and a maximum fine of $10,000.
(b) In case any employer fails or refuses to comply with this Act, the circuit court of the county in which such private employer maintains a place of business, or of the county where such State employee performs most of his duties, has power, upon the filing of a complaint by the person entitled to the benefits of this Act, to specifically require such employer to comply with this Act and to compensate such person for any loss of wages or benefits suffered by reason of such employer's unlawful action, together with reasonable attorney's fees and costs. No fees or court costs shall be taxed against any person applying for the benefits of this Act.
The court shall, in its sound discretion, give preference to the hearing and disposition of such cases over other matters then pending before it.
(Source: P.A. 97-580, eff. 8-26-11.)
(330 ILCS 60/7) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 35)
Sec. 7. The provisions of this Act shall not apply to workers employed on a temporary or casual basis.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 1, p. 1202.)
(330 ILCS 60/8)
Sec. 8. Attorney General; employer list. The Attorney General shall establish and maintain a statewide list of employers who have been convicted of violating this Act. The Attorney General shall make the information in the list available to the public on its official web site and by any other means the Attorney General deems appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 97-580, eff. 8-26-11.)
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