Two More Opt Outs from Cook County Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

And then there were five. Two more Cook County political subdivisions have opted out of complying with the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance, bringing the total to five. The Village of Mount Prospect and Village of Tinley Park both enacted their superseding ordinances last week.  The Mount Prospect law is Ordinance 6300; the Tinley Park law is Ordinance 2017-O-006.

The three other Cook County political subdivisions that have already opted out are the City of Oak Forest and the villages of Barrington and Rosemont. My posts about these opt outs are here, here and here. More are likely to opt out. Elk Grove will be holding a discussion later this week to decide whether to opt out, according to a newspaper report.

Both Mount Prospect and Tinley Park stated in their respective ordinance that the Cook County Ordinance places an undue burden on village employers given the current rights of employees under federal and state law.  Both affirm that village employers must comply with federal and state law with regard to paid sick leave.

Cook County enacted the Earned Sick Leave Ordinance in October 2016. Generally, it requires covered employers to allow employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. It goes into effect on July 1, 2017.  My posts about the Earned Sick Leave Ordinance are here and here.

Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation with a population in excess of 5 million.