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Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Start July 1

Posted on May 18, 2017

As we get ready for the summer, please remember that as of July 1, the City of Chicago minimum wage increase and paid sick leave ordinance are in effect. Please see below for more information and resources.

Minimum Wage Increase
In December 2014, the Chicago City Council passed Mayor Emanuel’s ordinance to raise the minimum wage for all Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019. The ordinance raises the minimum wage in steps over a period of five years. The next increase takes effect on July 1, 2017 to $11.00 with the tipped employee rate to be determined by June 1. Please note, all businesses are required to post the Notice to Employers and Employees in each place of business. Click here for more information.

Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
The City of Chicago’s new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is effective July 1. Employees who work at least 2 hours per week while physically present within the geographic boundaries of the City, and who work at least 80 hours within any 120-day period, are covered by the ordinance. For every 40 hours worked an employee accrues 1 hour of Paid Sick Leave, with a cap of 40 hours per 12-month period. An employee may use Paid Sick Leave for his or her own illness, to receive medical care, and for an illness of a family member.

If you’d like to learn more, Chicago’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will host a workshop on the new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on Wednesday, June 21 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at BACP City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, 8th Floor – Room 805. The City is drafting rules for the new ordinance which will be posted on the BACP website.


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