Cook County and City of Chicago Minimum Wage Increases Effective July 1, 2018

Cook County and City of Chicago Minimum Wage Increases Effective July 1, 2018

Both Cook County and the City of Chicago have ordinances that require a minimum wage increase for both non-tipped workers and tipped workers. Cook County passed its minimum wage ordinance in October 2016, which became effective July 1, 2018. The City of Chicago passed its ordinance in December 2014, which became effective July 1, 2015. The location of your practice determines which ordinance or law you will be required to follow. See below for more details regarding each ordinance. Please note, this article only focuses on non-tipped workers.

Minimum Wage Outside of Cook County

Based on the information we have available to us, we are not aware of any other counties outside of Cook that have passed their own minimum wage. Therefore, for chiropractic offices outside of Cook County, the state minimum wage law would apply. As of the writing of this article, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The federal minimum is the “floor” that all jurisdictions must meet; however, the states and other units of government, such as counties, are permitted to require a higher minimum.  For more information on the current state of Illinois minimum wage please refer to the State Minimum Wage First Increase is January 1, 2020 article.

Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance

Cook County passed a minimum wage ordinance on October 26, 2016, to be effective July 1, 2018. It provides for an annual phasing in of increases with the first due on July 1, 2018.

The ordinance applies to employers who have at least one covered employee as a domestic worker, or four employees and at least one of the four is a covered employee. The rules in Cook County define a “covered employee” as anyone who “is not subject to any of the exclusions set out in Rule 3.04; and in any particular two-week period, has performed at least two (2) hours of work for a Covered Employer while physically present within the geographic boundaries of Cook County” (Rule 3.03 Ordnance # 16-5768). The rule outlines twelve exclusions to the definition of a covered employee which includes but is not limited to provisions regarding youth employment, sales personnel as defined by Illinois law, and employees in an initial employment period as defined under Illinois law. Please see the ordinance for further clarification regarding the exclusions.

The following increases will be implemented in Cook County:

In Cook County, several municipalities have opted out of the minimum wage ordinance. Of the approximately 130 municipalities in Cook County, over 100 of them have opted out of the ordinance. Chiropractic physicians practicing in Cook County will need to contact either the Village Clerk or the City Clerk of the municipality of which they practice to find out if the municipality has opted out of the Cook CountyMinimum Wage Ordinance.

Please note, employers are required to post a Cook County Minimum Wage Notice for Employees. All employer required postings, including the Cook County Minimum Wage Notice for Employees, can be found in the ICS Article “Required Posters and Information.”

For more information, please visit the Cook County Government webpage regarding the Minimum Wage Ordinance and Regulations.

Cook County Ordinance #16-5768 can be found hereThe rules that accompany the ordinance can be found here.

City of Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance

In December 2014, the City of Chicago passed its own ordinance to raise the minimum wage. The City of Chicago phased in the increase over time.

The City ordinance applies to employers that maintain a business facility within the City of Chicago and/or are required to obtain a license to operate in the City. Under the ordinance, an employee includes anyone covered by the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, with the exception of domestic workers. There are exceptions to the ordinance that include certain youth employment programs, employees in an initial employment period as defined under Illinois law, and individuals under the age of 18 meeting the requirements of the Illinois law. Please see the ordinance for further clarification.

The implementation of the wage increase is as follows:

Please note, employers are required to post a City of Chicago Minimum Wage Notice for Employees. All employer required postings can be found in the ICS Article “Required Posters and Information.”

Employers are also required to provide employees, along with the first paycheck, a form notice that advises the employee of the City minimum wage and the employees’ rights under the ordinance.

For more information, please visit either the City of Chicago’s Mayor website regarding the City of Chicago Minimum Wage or the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection website.

City of Chicago Municipal Code 1-24 can be found here.

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