New Cook County Ordinance Proves Major Burden to Businesses

Cook County Ordinance.

Cook County recently passed a new Earned Sick Leave Ordinance (ESLO) requiring employers to give workers paid sick time. Effective July 1, 2017 all businesses in Cook County will need to comply with this ordinance, with the exception of those located in the cities that have opted out of this ordinance*.  While allowing employees paid sick leave is something we truly believe benefit businesses and employees alike, the ESLO is coupled with many rules and regulations that prove a nightmare to administer. All companies regardless of whether they currently offer sick leave or not, will have to comply with this ordinance.

As an HR partner to over 350 businesses in and around the Chicago area, we continually monitor legislation like the ESLO and strategize with our clients on ways to tackle these administrative issues before they become taxing to their business. Last week, we hosted a press conference with the Chicago Tribune and WGN in our offices where we and our business clients expressed our concerns for this new legislation. Many of our clients have contacted and urged their local municipalities to opt out of the ordinance. The Illinois state constitution has a narrow provision that allows municipalities to pass their own municipal ordinance or amendment to village code, which then means the businesses in that town will not have to adhere to the county law.

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If you currently operate a business in a town not on the “opt out” list below and would like to avoid the administrative burden that comes with complying with this ordinance, please contact your mayor or alderman today. If you have any questions on how this ordinance will impact your business or would like to discuss the advantages of having Tandem HR on your side in regards to proposed legislation and compliance, please contact Tandem HR at 630.928.0510 or

*The 82 municipalities that have opted out at the time of this blog post include:
  1. Alsip
  2. Arlington Heights
  3. Barrington
  4. Bartlett
  5. Bedford Park
  6. Bellwood
  7. Berkeley
  8. Bridgeview
  9. Brookfield
  10. Buffalo Grove
  11. Burbank
  12. Burr Ridge
  13. Calumet Park Village
  14. Chicago Heights
  15. Chicago Ridge
  16. Crestwood
  17. Des Plaines
  18. East Hazel Crest
  19. Elk Grove
  20. Elgin
  21. Elmwood Park
  22. Evergreen Park
  23. Forest Park
  24. Glenview
  25. Golf
  26. Hanover Park
  27. Harwood Heights
  28. Hickory Hill
  29. Hillside
  30. Hinsdale
  31. Hodgkins
  32. Hoffman Estates
  33. Homewood
  34. Inverness
  35. Justice
  36. La Grange Park
  37. Lansing
  38. Lemont
  39. Lincolnwood
  40. Lynwood
  41. Maywood
  42. Melrose Park
  43. Midlothian
  44. Morton Grove
  45. Mount Prospect
  46. Niles
  47. Norridge
  48. Northbrook
  49. Northlake
  50. North Riverside
  51. Oak Forest
  52. Oak Lawn
  53. Orland Hills
  54. Orland Park
  55. Palatine
  56. Palos Heights
  57. Palos Hills
  58. Palos Park
  59. Park Ridge
  60. Prospect Heights
  61. Richton Park
  62. River Forest
  63. River Grove
  64. Riverside
  65. Rolling Meadows
  66. Rosemont
  67. Schaumburg
  68. Schiller Park
  69. South Barrington
  70. South Chicago Heights
  71. South Holland
  72. Steger
  73. Stickney
  74. Streamwood
  75. Summit
  76. Thornton
  77. Tinley Park
  78. Western Springs
  79. Wheeling
  80. Willow Springs
  81. Wilmette
  82. Worth