Bridget Gainer

Cook County approves paid sick leave law, bringing suburbs in line with city

Cook County approves paid sick leave law, bringing suburbs in line with city

The Cook County Board voted Wednesday to require that employers give workers paid sick time, bringing the suburbs in line with a Chicago law approved in June.

The county ordinance, which largely mirrors the city's and also goes into effect July 1, allows employees to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked. Employees can accrue a maximum of 40 hours of paid sick leave per year, or about five work days, unless their employer sets a higher limit.

Cook County joins nearly 30 local jurisdictions across the country that have adopted paid sick leave laws in recent years in the absence of a broad federal law. The U.S. Department of Labor late last month issued a...

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