Employers Face a Trio of Sick Leave Laws: Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Chicago Spring 2017

Julie Badel, Susan Gross Sholinsky, Peter A. Steinmeyer, and Nancy L. Gunzenhauser, attorneys in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, authored an article in the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Chicago Newsletter, titled “Employers Face a Trio of Sick Leave Laws: Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois.”

Following is an excerpt:

As Epstein Becker Green previously reported, the Chicago City Council enacted a sick leave ordinance (“Chicago Ordinance”), requiring employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Following in its footsteps, Cook County, Illinois, enacted an ordinance that is nearly identical in substance and form to the Chicago Ordinance but applies outside of the Chicago city limits (“Cook County Ordinance”). Both the Chicago Ordinance and the Cook County Ordinance (collectively, “Ordinances”) become effective on July 1, 2017.

Additionally, the state of Illinois passed the Employee Sick Leave Act (“Illinois Act” or “Act”). Unlike the Ordinances (which require employers to provide paid sick leave), the Illinois Act merely requires employers that already provide sick leave to employees to allow those employees to use at least half of that sick leave to care for their family members (in addition to the employees’ own illnesses). On January 13, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed an amendment to the Illinois Act, clarifying several key provisions. The Illinois Act became effective on January 1, 2017.

This article was based on a previously posted Epstein Becker Green Act Now Advisory.