On the heels of its recent Earned Sick Leave ordinance, the Cook County (Ill.) Board of Commissioners passed a new minimum wage law Oct. 26.
The law, which goes into effect July 1, 2017, raises the county’s minimum wage to $10 an hour, then increases each year, reaching $13 by 2020. After that, the minimum wage will be adjusted based on the rate of inflation, not to exceed 2.5 percent.
According to Anne Jakala, GovDocs Compliance Counsel, the county’s original proposed law set the minimum wage increases to match Chicago’s (which is located within Cook County). However, through amendments, the Cook County rates were reduced by $1 respectively. Therefore, the county and city laws will increase at the same time, but at different rates.
For example. the jurisdictions’ minimum wages increase July 1, 2017, as follows:
- Cook County: $10 per hour
- Chicago: $11 per hour
Who is Affected?
The Cook County Minimum Wage Law covers all employer locations within its geographic boundaries.
The effective date of the minimum wage law and respective posting is July 1, 2017, the same as Chicago’s minimum wage effective date.
The posting is not available from the county at this time. GovDocs will continue to monitor its status and provide an update once available, most likely closer to the July 1, 2017 effective date.