ALTON — State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) sponsored Senate Bill 2613, a measure that received bipartisan support, which would create the Child Bereavement Leave Act.
Illinois now becomes the second state to offer parents the option of taking a limited unpaid leave following the death of a child.
“This bill will allow employees to use bereavement leave if necessary to grieve the death of their child, and so that they can take care of things such as the planning of a funeral, and other arrangements that may be necessary without worrying about what is going on at work,” Beiser said. “I cannot imagine no greater horror than losing a child, and so this bill is meant to respectfully provide those parents with some time to deal with their loss, at no cost to their employer.”
Senate Bill 2613 allows for two weeks of unpaid leave for an employee to deal with the loss of their child. The bill passed both chambers of the General Assembly and has been sent to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
“This measure will allow parents time to grieve during what will be one of the hardest times of their lives,” Beiser said. “I am proud that this bill received a great deal of support from both sides of the aisle, and I encourage the governor to sign it into law.”
For information, contact Beiser’s constituent services office at (618) 465-5900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beiser and Hoffman bring fraud prevention seminar to Granite City
Beiser recently partnered with state Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Belleville) and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office to host a Silver Beat Senior Fraud Prevention Seminar in Granite City.
“Helping folks learn how to help protect themselves from fraud really hits close to home for me,” Beiser said. “My wife and I were victims of identity theft a few years ago, so I understand the financial strain and emotional toll it can take on a family. Unfortunately, new scams are constantly being circulated, and many of them prey upon seniors.”
The seminar featured a presentation from Ella York of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. She discussed ways consumers can prevent fraud, such as shredding documents that contain sensitive information, as well as scams the Attorney General’s Office has been fighting.
“Identity theft can happen to anyone,” Beiser said. “While there is no way to completely eliminate your risk of becoming a victim of fraud, there are many steps you can take to help protect yourself. I am glad that I was able to help provide the opportunity for folks to come learn about ways to keep their personal information secure.”
Those who believe they are victims of fraud can file a report with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office by calling the Identity Theft Hotline at (866) 999-5630.