Bill Text: IL SB1895 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Amends the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act. Provides that any individual who serves as either emergency medical services personnel on a volunteer basis or as a firefighter on a volunteer basis may not be disciplined or terminated by his or her employer for responding to an emergency call or emergency text message during work hours that requests the individual's volunteer emergency medical services or volunteer firefighter services.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-1)

Status: (Enrolled) 2017-05-31 - Passed Both Houses [SB1895 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB1895-Enrolled.html



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1 AN ACT concerning regulation.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection
5Act is amended by changing Section 5 as follows:
6 (50 ILCS 748/5)
7 Sec. 5. Volunteer emergency worker; when termination of
8employment prohibited.
9 (a) No public or private employer may terminate an employee
10who is a volunteer emergency worker because the employee, when
11acting as a volunteer emergency worker, is absent from or late
12to his or her employment in order to respond to an emergency
13prior to the time the employee is to report to his or her place
14of employment.
15 (a-5) A public or private employer shall not discipline an
16employee who is a volunteer emergency worker if the employee,
17in the scope of acting as a volunteer emergency worker,
18responds to an emergency phone call or text message during work
19hours that requests the person's volunteer emergency services.
20This subsection (a-5) does not apply to a person employed by a
21public or private vehicle service provider and who is in the
22course of performing services as Emergency Medical Services
23personnel as defined in Section 3.5 of the Emergency Medical

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1Services (EMS) Systems Act. This subsection (a-5) shall not
2diminish or supersede an employer's written workplace policy, a
3collective bargaining agreement, administrative guidelines, or
4other applicable written rules administered by the employer.
5Existing written policies governing the use of cell phones
6shall prevail and control.
7 (b) An employer may charge, against the employee's regular
8pay, any time that an employee who is a volunteer emergency
9worker loses from employment because of the employee's response
10to an emergency in the course of performing his or her duties
11as a volunteer emergency worker.
12 (c) In the case of an employee who is a volunteer emergency
13worker and who loses time from his or her employment in order
14to respond to an emergency in the course of performing his or
15her duties as a volunteer emergency worker, the employer has
16the right to request the employee to provide the employer with
17a written statement from the supervisor or acting supervisor of
18the volunteer fire department or governmental entity that the
19volunteer emergency worker serves stating that the employee
20responded to an emergency and stating the time and date of the
21emergency.
22 (d) An employee who is a volunteer emergency worker and who
23may be absent from or late to his or her employment in order to
24respond to an emergency in the course of performing his or her
25duties as a volunteer emergency worker must make a reasonable
26effort to notify his or her employer that he or she may be

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1absent or late.
2(Source: P.A. 93-1027, eff. 8-25-04; 94-599, eff. 1-1-06.)
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