The Chicago City Council last week approved an ordinance requiring employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave. The law will benefit over 450,000 private sector workers in the City of Chicago. The new law, which takes effect on July 2017, requires employees to be given one hour of sick time for every 40 hours they work, up to a maximum of five paid sick days per year. Employees can roll over up to 2.5 unused sick days into the following year.
According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, Chicago joins a number of other states and cities that have recently passed paid sick leave legislation, including but not limited to California, Connecticut, Oregon, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Los Angeles and Minneapolis also passed sick leave legislation earlier this year. For more information on employee rights, contact Caffarelli & Associates, Ltd. at www.caffarelli.com.