Chicago: Mayor Brandon Johnson’s Historic Paid Time Off, One Fair Wage Ordinances Go into Effect, Minimum Wage Raises to $16.20 Per Hour
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CHICAGO ~ Chicago Mayor's Historic Ordinances Go Into Effect, Minimum Wage Increases to $16.20 Per Hour

Today marks a significant day for Chicago's working families as Mayor Brandon Johnson's Paid Time Off and One Fair Wage ordinances officially go into effect. These groundbreaking changes, along with an increase in the minimum wage to $16.20 per hour, aim to improve the lives of workers in the city.

In conjunction with these ordinances, nonprofit media company More Perfect Union released a video interview with Mayor Johnson discussing his vision for Chicago's workforce and the impact of these changes. The interview can be viewed at this link.

Mayor Johnson expressed his excitement about the new policies, stating, "It is a new day in Chicago. Over 60,000 service industry employees just got a raise and over 1.38 million workers just doubled their paid time off. We are making Chicago the most pro-worker city in the country while growing our local economy. I could not be prouder of the work we have accomplished that translates to concrete improvements in the quality of life for the working people of Chicago."

Last week, during 'Chicago Workers' Rights Week,' Mayor Johnson issued a proclamation declaring July 1 as "Paid Time Off Day" in Chicago.

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The Paid Time Off Ordinance was passed by the Chicago City Council on November 9, 2023, guaranteeing up to five days of paid vacation time and five days of paid sick time for all workers who have worked at least 80 hours within any 120-day period. This doubles the amount of guaranteed paid time off for workers in Chicago.

Under Mayor Johnson's administration, another historic ordinance was passed by the City Council in October 2023 - the One Fair Wage Ordinance. This legislation will phase out subminimum wages for tipped workers over a five-year period. Tipped workers such as restaurant servers, bartenders, bussers, and runners who currently earn a subminimum wage of $11.02 per hour will see an 8% increase in their wages each year until it reaches parity with Chicago's standard hourly minimum wage on July 1, 2028.

Effective today, July 1, 2024:

- The minimum wage will be $16.20.

- The minimum wage for subsidized youth employment programs and subsidized transitional employment programs will be $15.

- The minimum wage will no longer be tiered for large and small businesses.

Since reaching $15 per hour in 2021, the minimum wage will continue to increase annually based on changes to the Consumer Price Index or 2.5%, whichever is lower.

To provide more information about these labor laws, informational fliers, Frequently Asked Questions, and public notices can be found at Chicago.gov/LaborStandards. Mayor Johnson's ordinances are a significant step towards creating a fair and equitable working environment for all workers in Chicago.

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