Legal Information: Illinois

Workplace Protections

November 9, 2023

Who is considered to be a “family or household member” under the law?

A “family or household member” can be any of the following:

  • spouse
  • party to a civil union;
  • parent;
  • child;
  • grandparent;
  • grandchild;
  • sibling;
  • other person related by blood or by present or prior marriage or civil union;
  • other person who shares a relationship through a child;
  • any other individual whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship as determined by the employee; and
  • persons jointly residing in the same household.1

1 820 ILCS § 180/10(12)

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