The Ordinance

On April 13, the City Council introduced a citywide ordinance that will bring earned sick time to all Chicago workers. The ordinance was guided by recommendations recently released from the Working Families Task Force, a nonpartisan group of employers, associations, worker advocates and city representatives. The Task Force came to these recommendations following six months of research that included public listening campaigns, data and policy analysis, cost modeling and focus groups held across the city.

Introduced by Ald. Moreno, Ald. Foulkes and Ald. Pawar, the ordinance:

  • Applies to businesses of all sizes
  • Allows employees to earn up to 5 sick days a year
  • Gives employees the opportunity to roll over up to 20 hours of unused sick time to the next year
  • Says employees should earn one hour of sick time for every 40 hours worked

Click here to download a PDF of the full ordinance.

Now that you’ve read up on the ordinance, lend your voice to help make it a reality.

Add your name to tell city leaders: I believe all Chicago workers deserve the chance to earn time off for their own illness or to care for a sick family member. Pass the earned sick time ordinance NOW.

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The Facts

Fast facts: Chicago’s Earned Sick Time Ordinance

Allows employees to earn up to 5 sick days a year

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Fast facts: Chicago’s Earned Sick Time Ordinance

Gives employees the opportunity to roll over up to 20 hours of unused sick time to the next year

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Fast facts: Chicago’s Earned Sick Time Ordinance

Employees can earn one hour of sick time for every 40 hours worked

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Fast facts: Chicago’s Earned Sick Time Ordinance

This ordinance will only result in a 0.7-1.5 percent cost increase for employers

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