Chicago: Mayor Brandon Johnson Announces Additional Business Support for Paid Leave Ordinance
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CHICAGO ~ Mayor Brandon Johnson of Chicago announced today that the city has reached a compromise to provide 10 days of paid time off for all Chicago workers, including five days of sick time and five days of time off. This is the most progressive paid time off policy in the country and is supported by the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Business Leadership Council, the Chicago Urban League and the Chatham Business Association.

Individual businesses such as Back of the Yards Coffeehouse, Mashallah, The Quarry Events Center, Imani Bakery and Windy City Whiskey & Barbecue have also expressed their support for this ordinance. The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) acknowledged the efforts made to provide relief for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees and while they still have some concerns, they support this paid leave ordinance.

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Research has shown that access to paid time off is essential for employee retention as it saves businesses costs related to employee turnover and training. Workers with paid time off can stay in their jobs longer, earning higher wages that they can then spend in their local communities. A lack of paid leave policies increasingly and disproportionately contributes to economic insecurity among lower-paid workers and their families.

The proposal includes changes to the number of days required, an extended ramp up of the private right of action and an exemption for small businesses with less than 50 employees from paying out unused paid time off. Mayor Johnson said "My administration pledged to bring everyone to the table to hear concerns from large employers, small businesses, and workers' rights advocates. We worked collaboratively to find compromises, and we ended up with the most progressive paid time off policy in the country that will help businesses retain workers and help workers live full lives with dignity."

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