Education Support Professional Council consists of thirteen (13) members all of whom are ESP school employees and members of the Illinois Education Association. The ESP council's goal is to represent and support ESP's throughout Illinois.
U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Barrington, has introduced legislation which would modify the Family Medical Leave Act to create a new hours of service threshold, specifically for ESPs, comparable to the provision enacted for airline crews.
An ESP would qualify for FMLA benefits if – during the previous school year – they worked more than 60 percent of the total monthly hours expected for their specific role, as defined by their employer. Under this bill, ESPs would have greater access to unpaid FMLA benefits without the risk of losing their job. Read the press release from Rep. Casten’s office.