Could it be? Is it possible that we have reached the end? Have we seen the last opt out from the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance? I have yearned for this moment ever since the onset of the opt out onslaught.
Earlier this week, the Village of Deer Park opted out of the [20% of] Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. East Dundee opted out last week. My nix list has 108 entries.
Where do we go from here? To litigation, I suspect. None has been filed yet but it seems ineluctable. It might come from the County itself. A County Commissioner said earlier this month that the County may challenge the authority of some political subdivisions to opt out. It might come from an employer or cadre of business interests challenging the County’s authority to enact the Ordinance. Or it might come in an enforcement proceeding by the County. Issues of the County’s authority to enact the Ordinance and a political subdivision’s authority to opt out go to the heart of an employer’s liability for an alleged violation.
The Cook County PSL future is uncertain. But it is a pretty good bet that the [20% of] Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance kerfuffle is far from over.