Businesses Beware – Chicago Minimum Wage Increases 7/1/19!

Businesses Beware – Chicago Minimum Wage Increases 7/1/19!

As of July 1, 2019, the Chicago Minimum wage increases to $13.00/hour and $6.40/hour for tipped employees.  Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime (time and a half) for all hours worked over-40 in a work week.  For employers with locations outside the City, note that Cook County’s minimum wage also increases on 7/1, and the Illinois starts its stepped increases on 1/1/2020.

Also, July 1 marks the 2-year anniversary of the implementation of Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (and Cook County, too), requiring all companies with a City business license, physical location, or employee who works in Chicago to provide up-to 40 hours of job-protected, paid leave (60 hours for employers subject to the FMLA) to employees for certain absences.  Employees may accrue up-to 40 hours per benefit year, with the right to carry-over some unused leave.  Employees may not be required to find their own replacements as a condition for taking leave. Of course, discrimination and retaliation are prohibited.

Employers should ensure that they are in full compliance with these laws, including their notice and posting requirements.  Experienced counsel should be engaged to work through any questions or complications that may arise in implementing policies under these laws.

Contributed by Noah A. Frank, a Frontline management-side employment attorney at SmithAmundsen.  Noah can be reached directly at 312-455-3905 or

Posted By: Marty Padilla

On: June 26, 2019