Passed June 25, the wage theft portions of the updated ordinance are now in effect, with the paid sick leave expansion going into effect Aug. 1, 2021.
Chicago has made changes to a city ordinance, expanding the covered reasons for use under its paid sick leave law, as well as creating the city’s first wage theft law.
Passed June 25, the wage theft portions of the ordinance are now in effect, with the paid sick leave expansion going into effect Aug. 1, 2021.
Paid Sick Leave
The changes to Chicago’s paid sick leave ordinance involve covered reasons for use.
The new reasons include issues related to mental and behavioral issues among an employee or family member, as well as dealing with problems related to substance abuse. Also, the reasons to take paid sick leave to cope with domestic violence or sex offenses were expanded to cover stalking, aggravated stalking and cyberstalking.
Lastly, starting Aug. 1, 2021, employees can use leave because of a business or school closure due to a public health emergency like COVID-19. It also includes employees under quarantine or if they need to receive treatment.
As a reminder for employers, here are a few of the items of note regarding paid sick leave in Chicago:
Employees accrue one hour of leave for every 40 hours worked
Employees can use a maximum of 40 hours of paid sick leave per year
Employees may begin using paid sick leave the 180th calendar day after the start of their employment
Frontloading is allowed
Covered relations include those who are “like family”
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