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Illinois: Sick leave requirements for employers with employees who work in Cook County go into effect.

July 1, 2017

On October 5, 2016, the Cook County Commissioners passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide sick leave to employees. Under the new sick leave requirement, employers must provide eligible employees with at least 1 hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked. To be eligible, an employee must:

  • work for their employer for at least 80 hours in a 120-day period and
  • work at least 2 hours in Cook County every two weeks and

Employees must be allowed to use the sick leave for the following purposes:

  • the employee’s own illness, injury, medical care, treatment, diagnosis, or preventative medical care;
  • a family member’s illness, injury, medical care, treatment, diagnosis, or preventative medical care;
  • the employee or a member of the employee’s family is the victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking; and
  • the employee’s place of business is closed by order of a public official due to a public health emergency, or the employee needs to care for a child whose school or place of care has been closed by order of a public official due to a public health emergency.

Other requirements and restrictions apply.

For more information, read Cook County Ordinance 16-4229.

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July 1, 2017
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