american flagVILLA PARK— A new Illinois law will ensure service members’ rights are protected while they are serving our nation.

State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) sponsored Senate Bill 3547 which modernizes state military service member employment rights. The updates to the law protect modern operational reserve forces.

This bipartisan measure was signed into law on Sunday and goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019.

“It’s important that we ensure state laws are modernized with the growing needs of our military members,” Cullerton said. “While our service men and women are sacrificing their lives to protect our country they should not have to fear losing their civilian jobs.”

Senate Bill 3547, known as the Service-Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, takes the following action:

• Consolidates all Illinois laws providing Illinois service members employment protections;
• Expands protections regarding military rights notifications and performance reviews during leave;
• Adds definitions to resolve issues under existing laws, including the calculation of differential compensation; and
• Combines enforcement within the Office of Attorney General.

Cullerton served in the Army from 1990 to 1993 as an infantryman. He continues to use his military experience to champion legislation to help military veterans, personnel and their families.

"Our nation's heroes continue to serve our great nation with honor, respect and continue to make countless sacrifices to protect our freedoms," Cullerton said. “This new law serves as a small token of appreciation for all they do to keep us safe."

Senate Bill 3547 passed the Senate and House with unanimous support. It is an initiative of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.

“When military service members serve our country, they should not lose their civilian jobs at home,” she said. “This new law strengthens service members’ employment protections.”


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