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92_HB2221eng HB2221 Engrossed LRB9204514WHcs 1 AN ACT concerning employment. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the 5 Volunteer Firefighter Leave of Absence Act. 6 Section 5. Definition. As used in this Act, "volunteer 7 firefighter" has the meaning ascribed to the term "volunteer 8 fireman" in Section 2 of the Law Enforcement Officers, Civil 9 Defense Workers, Civil Air Patrol Members, Paramedics, 10 Firemen, Chaplains, and State Employee Compensation Act. 11 Section 10. Temporary leaves of absence. An employee who 12 is a volunteer firefighter, and works for an employer 13 employing 50 or more employees, shall be permitted to take 14 temporary leaves of absence, not to exceed an aggregate of 14 15 days per calendar year, for the purpose of engaging in fire 16 or law enforcement training, except for a school district 17 employee who was offered the chance to attend annual training 18 at a time when school is not in session but chose instead to 19 train during the school session. 20 Section 15. Enforcement. An employee who works for an 21 employer employing 50 or more employees who is discharged, 22 threatened with discharge, demoted, suspended, or in any 23 other manner discriminated against in the terms and 24 conditions of employment by his or her employer because the 25 employee has taken time off to engage in fire or law 26 enforcement training as provided in Section 10 is entitled to 27 reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work 28 benefits caused by the acts of the employer. 29 An employee seeking reinstatement and reimbursement under HB2221 Engrossed -2- LRB9204514WHcs 1 this Act may, within 30 days after the alleged violation 2 occurs, apply to the Director of Labor for reinstatement and 3 reimbursement. A copy of the application shall be sent to the 4 person who allegedly committed the violation, who shall be 5 the respondent. Upon receipt of an application, the Director 6 shall cause such investigation to be made as the Director 7 deems appropriate. The investigation shall provide an 8 opportunity for a public hearing at the request of any party 9 to the review to enable the parties to present information 10 relating to the alleged violation. The parties shall be given 11 written notice of the time and place of the hearing at least 12 5 days before the hearing. Upon receiving the report of the 13 investigation, the Director shall make findings of fact. If 14 the Director finds that a violation did occur, he or she 15 shall issue a decision incorporating his or her findings and 16 requiring the party committing the violation to take such 17 affirmative action to abate the violation as the Director 18 deems appropriate. If the Director finds that there was no 19 violation, the Director shall issue an order denying the 20 application. An order issued by the Director under this 21 Section shall be subject to judicial review under the 22 Administrative Review Law. 23 Section 20. Rules. The Director of Labor shall adopt 24 rules implementing this Act in accordance with the Illinois 25 Administrative Procedure Act.
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