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Chicago and Cook County Minimum Wages Increase on July 1

by Cook County Government

The next increase in the minimum wage ordinances for the City of Chicago and Cook County will occur on July 1, 2018. As shown in the graph below, increased schedules vary for employees in the City of Chicago and Cook County as well as for tipped versus non-tipped employees. Those operating stores located in Cook County should be aware that the vast majority of suburban municipalities have opted out of the ordinance. If you are in a municipality that opted out, the minimum wage for your store follows the state minimum wage of $8.25. Cook County employers should check with the municipality(ies) in which they have a facility to confirm whether or not the municipality opted-out of the Cook County minimum wage.

Cook County wage ordinance applies to:

  • Employees in Cook County who have worked at least 2 hours in any two-week period
  • Employer has four or more employees and either (i) maintains a business facility within Cook County or (ii) has a license issued by Cook County

Cook County wage ordinance does not apply to:

  • Training wages: Employers are not required to pay an employee the Cook County Minimum Wage during the first 90 consecutive calendar days after the employee is initially employed by the employer
  • The County Ordinance exempts employees who are less than 18 years old from coverage. Employers are not required to pay such employees the Cook County Minimum Wage. Instead, under the Illinois Minimum Wage Act, employers must pay such employees at least $7.75 per hour
Chicago wage ordinance applies to:

  • Employees in the City of Chicago who have worked at least 2 hours in any two-week period
  • Employer has four or more employees in the City of Chicago (not including immediate family) and either (i) maintains a business facility within Cook County or (ii) has a license issued by Cook County

Chicago wage ordinance does not apply to:

  • Training wages: Adult employees (i.e. those 18 years of age or older) in the first 90 days of employment. Employers are authorized to pay these employees a wage 50 cents below the state minimum hourly wage
  • Employees under 18 years of age. Employers are authorized to pay these employees a wage 50 cents below the state minimum hourly wage
  • Disabled employees, pending state approval. Trainees taking part in a program for no more than six months, pending state approval
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