Nearly 70, more than half of Cook County political subdivisions, have opted out of the County’s Earned Sick Leave Law. Eight days remain for political subdivisions to opt out. and, given the scheduled votes, it is likely that there will be more opt outs. So much for my speculation that the number of opt outs would top out at 55.
Here are the dozen new additions to my nix list: Chicago Ridge, Des Plaines, Forest Park, Hinsdale, Lansing, Midlothian, Palos Hills, Prospect Heights, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Thornton and Worth.
If you are getting the sense that monitoring the opt outs of the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Law is the primary national PSL issue, you are correct. The other PSL issue to watch is the PSL debate in Rhode Island in the few days remaining of the legislative session. We may yet have a “State Number Eight” in 2017.
I have listed my Cook County nix list on the PSL Laws and Resources page of my blog, just below the link to the Cook County Ordinance.
Cook County enacted the ESL 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. My posts about that Ordinance are here and here.