Just when we were getting our heads around the upcoming Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act and feeling confident with the parameters of Chicago's 2017 Paid Sick Leave ordinance, another leave law has entered the fray.
Late last week, the Chicago City Council passed its Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave ordinance, which goes into effect December 31, 2023 (a day before the Illinois law). It repeals the 2017 ordinance and instead guarantees up to five days of paid time off AND five days of sick time for all Chicago workers.
Specifically, the ordinance applies to “Covered Employee(s),” defined as “an Employee who, in any particular two-week period, performs at least two hours of work for an Employer while physically present within the geographic boundaries of the City.” “Employer” is defined as “a person who gainfully employs at least one Employee.” So the scope is wide, to say the least.
More key elements of the ordinance include:
Finally, the ordinance speaks to policy, notice and posting requirements, as well as recordkeeping obligations and penalties.
It is important to note that – at least as of now – this ordinance only applies to Chicago workers, not Cook County at large. The Cook County paid sick leave law is not impacted.
So Chicago employers, we now have a month and a half to get our house in order to be able to comply with the December 31 effective date. If you have questions about how to approach compliance, please feel free to contact your Thompson Coburn attorney.
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