The Village of Bedford Park is the sixth Cook County political subdivision to opt out of complying with the County’s Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. The Village’s trustees concluded that imposing the paid sick leave requirement on its businesses is not in the Village’s best interests. See Ordinance No. 17-1533 here. Barrington, Mount Prospect, Oak Forest, Rosemont and Tinley Park have already opted out of the Cook County Ordinance. My posts about those opt outs are here, here, here and here.
Cook County enacted the ESL Ordinance in October 2016. Generally, effective July 1, 2017, it requires covered employers to allow employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. My posts about that Ordinance are here and here.
More than 5 million people live in Cook County. It is the second most populous county in the nation.