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Paid Sick Time...It's Now the Law.
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Tools &
Resources.

Paid Time Off Calculator.

Enter the hours you have worked into the paid sick time calculator below
for an estimate of how much paid sick time you have earned.

 

How to Talk to your Employer.

With new paid sick time laws in Chicago and Cook County*, you might be wondering how to ask your employer about these benefits. Here are 4 tips on how to talk to your boss about paid sick time.

Who to talk to.

If your company has a Human Resources manager, you can ask them about how the company will implement the new paid sick time policy. If not, ask your direct supervisor who you should talk to. If possible, ask before you are sick, so you can plan ahead.

Some questions to ask:

  • Who should I notify when I need to use paid sick time?
  • How should I report I am sick: phone call, text, e-mail?
  • How will the company keep track of my sick time?

Ask about the company’s policy.

Ask about how the company will implement the paid sick time law, even if they already have a Paid Time Off policy. For example, you can ask how they will track your sick time.

What to do when you need to use your paid sick time.

Notify your employer as soon as possible. If possible, tell them how long you think you need off and when you expect you will return.

If your employer is not offering you paid sick time.

In many cases, talking to your manager in a respectful way will be the most effective first step. You might say: “I think this is a case where I qualify for paid sick time based on local laws. Can you check?”

If your employer is still refusing, you can file a complaint with the City of Chicago or Cook County*, depending on where you work.

Visit Women Employed's website for additional
information and resources about worker rights.

Some Cook County suburbs have voted to opt-out of the Paid Sick Time laws, denying working people this important right.

To see if the suburb where you work requires Paid Sick Time, click here. You can also call the Town Hall of the suburb where you work.

How to File a Complaint.

If you think your employer has illegally denied your right to paid sick time, you can file a complaint within 3 years with the City of Chicago or Cook County*, depending on where you work.

Filing a complaint in the City of Chicago.

  • Call 311 to report a violation of the paid sick time law in the City of Chicago.
  • To download the City of Chicago paid sick time complaint form, click here. This form must be sent to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) to begin an investigation into the complaint.
  • The City will not ask the immigration status of any person filing a complaint.

To get more information about the City of Chicago Paid Sick Time law, click here.

Filing a complaint in Cook County.*

  • Call 312-603-1100 or e-mail human.rights@cookcountyil.gov to report a violation of the earned sick leave law in Cook County*.
  • For instructions on how to file a complaint in Cook County*, click here.
  • The County will not ask the immigration status of any person filing a complaint.

To get more information about the Cook County Paid Sick Time law, click here.

Some Cook County suburbs have voted to opt-out of the Paid Sick Time laws, denying working people this important right.

To see if the suburb where you work requires Paid Sick Time, click here. You can also call the Town Hall of the suburb where you work.