More Nix Cook County Paid Sick Leave; Rhode Island Bill Advances

Two days to go. Today and Friday. More Cook County political subdivisions have opted out.  Readers who do not do business in Cook County, I suspect, have had enough of opt out blogs, though I also suspect they are very grateful that they do not need to deal with this employment law patchwork more vast and more complex than any other. Those who do business in Cook County, especially in multiple municipalities, are scratching their heads, trying to determine how they will comply with the law in some locations and not comply in others.


Here are the latest fourteen additions to my list, bringing the nix total to more than eighty! The latest additions are: Brookfield, Calumet Park Village, Chicago Heights, Golf, Inverness, Lemont, North Riverside; Park Ridge; Richton Park, Schiller Park; South Holland; Stickney, Willow Springs, and Wilmette.

I anticipate I will confirm at least another half dozen by the end of the week.  The final tally may very well exceed ninety, about 70% of Cook County political subdivisions.

Also, not to be overlooked, by the end of this week, Rhode Island may become “State Number Eight” to pass a paid sick leave bill.  A compromise bill was approved by the Senate today. With Democratic majorities in both chambers, and a Democratic governor who supports paid sick leave, the chances for a compromise bill to be passed are very good.