HR Compliance Alert- Illinois/Chicago/Cook County Paid Leave
December 20, 2023


Last week, the Chicago City Council voted unanimously to delay the effective date of the Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance until July 1, 2024. As additional details become available, we will keep you updated. Chicago employers still have the Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance in place.


Cook County

On December 14, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved amendments to their Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. The new Cook County Paid Leave Ordinance will be effective 12/31/23, which provides for 1 hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours. This paid leave time can be used for any reason.


State of Illinois

Finally, keep in mind that the Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act will go into effect 1/1/24 for all Illinois employers who are not covered by the Chicago or Cook County ordinances. This Act allows eligible employees to earn up to 40 hours of paid time off in a 12-month period for any reason. Final rules are still pending however employers should review their policies to be sure they include all employees, even part-time, and offer at least the minimum amounts of required paid time off as you enter 2024. It is important that employees are educated and policies are distributed once approved.


These changes are creating a lot of questions for Illinois employers, and we are here to help.  If you have any questions, please reach out to



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