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Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act Amended

On August 24, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (S.B. 1895) amending the
Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act to prohibit employers from disciplining or terminating a volunteer emergency medical services worker or firefighter for responding to a call or text message during work hours requesting his or her emergency services. However, the law does not diminish or supersede an employer’s written workplace policy, a collective-bargaining agreement, administrative guidelines, or other applicable written rules administered by the employer. In other words, existing written policies governing the use of cell phones prevail and control.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read IL S.B. 1895