New Law Requires You To Post the City of Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance

If you are an employer with a business location in Chicago or you have a business license to operate in Chicago, as of July 1, 2015 you must do all three of the following:

   • Post a copy of the City of Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance Notice in your business facilities; 
   • Give each employee a copy of the Ordinance with their first paycheck they will receive after July 1, 2015; 
   • Give each new employee a copy of the Ordinance hired after July 1, 2015 when they receive their first paycheck.

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This Ordinance establishes a new schedule for raising the minimum wage of $13.00 per hour in Chicago by 2019. The phase in for the wage increase is:

Effective Date

Non-Tipped Employees

Tipped Employees

Current

$8.25

$4.95

July 1, 2015

$10.00

$5.45

July 1, 2016

$10.50

$5.95

July 1, 2017

$11.00

Amount to be determined and announced yearly on or before June 1st.

July 1, 2018

$12.00

July 1, 2019

$13.00

 The minimum wage increase applies to all employees who, within any two week period, work within at least two hours in the Chicago.

A failure to post or distribute this ordinance notice can result in a fine of $500 - $1,000 per violation. It is likely that some entrepreneurial lawyers will find a way to make a fortune by filing a class action lawsuit against employers who violates the ordinance.

If you have any questions about the ordiance or your obligations, call Henry Krasnow or Zachary Pollack.