As Deadline Looms, More Cook County Sick Leave Opt Outs

The end is near. Cook County political subdivisions have just one more month, until July 1, to opt out of the county Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. Add five more to the nix list: Berkeley, Harwood Heights, Niles, Northbrook and Summit.

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About three dozen of the approximatley 130 municipalities within the county –almost 30%–have opted out. More will do so before the County ordinance’s July 1, 2017 effective date.

I have listed the Cook County “opt-outs” 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.

Four More Nix County Paid Sick Ordinance

If you have the impression that most of the nation’s paid sick leave legislative action is taking place in Cook County, you are correct. Political subdivisions of the County must decide whether to opt out of or comply with the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance and Minimum Wage Ordinance, both of which are effective July 1, 2017.

Arlington, Burr Ridge, Hickory Hill and Palatine have joined the growing list of municipalities that have opted out of the County Ordinances. My list now has 18 municipalities that have nixed the Earned Sick Leave Ordinance.  More will join the list.

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I have listed the Cook County “opt-outs” 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.

Twelfth Nix of the Cook County Sick Leave Ordinance

A dozen Cook County municipalities have nixed the Cook County’s Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. Wheeling is the most recent to opt-out. The Village Board’s discussion and vote on that issue begin at 51:30 of the meeting video.

Simultaneous with opting out of the sick leave ordinance, these municipalities also opted out of the County’s ordinance increasing the minimum wage. Each municipality opted out by enacting a conflicting ordinance, i.e., generally, an ordinance requiring employers to comply with state and federal regulations on minimum wage and sick leave and negating compliance with the county ordinances on these topics.

As the Earned Sick Leave Ordinance’s July 1, 2017 effective date nears, I anticipate that numerous other municipalities will opt out. Three–Bartlett, Elk Grove and Rolling Meadows–have informally decided to opt out and will be voting on formal opt-out ordinances within the next ten days.

I have listed the Cook County “opt-outs” 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.

Ninth Nix of Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance

The Village of Schaumburg is the ninth to nix the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance.  The Village Board last week adopted an “Ordinance Amending Title 11 of the Schaumburg Village Code with Regard to Conflicts with Certain Home Rule County Ordinances,” which opts out of the County’s minimum wage as well as its paid sick leave ordinance. gears-1443878_1280 A local  newspaper reported the Board’s opt out decision.

The eight other opt outs are Barrington, Bedford Park, Elmwood Park, Mount Prospect, Oak Forest, River Forest, Rosemont and Tinley Park. I anticipate more opt outs before the County Ordinance’s July 1, 2017 effective date.

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.