Tag Archives: Local Legislative Update

Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance Takes Effect

On May 1, 2024, Chicago published rules for its Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance that begins July 1, 2024. The Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance (Ordinance) replaces Chicago’s current paid sick leave law and creates additional leave protections. While the Ordinance was originally scheduled to take effect on December 31, 2023, […]

NYC Workers’ Bill of Rights Model Language is Now Available 

As we previously reported, starting July 1, 2024, employers in New York City (NYC) have a new responsibility to provide employees with comprehensive information about the Workers’ Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights emphasizes the right to organize a union and ensures all workers, regardless of immigration status understand their workplace rights.   On March 1, 2024, […]

Proposed Legislation Aims to Ban Non-Compete Agreements for NYC Employers 

New York City (NYC) employers could face significant restrictions on their ability to prevent employees from seeking new employment or starting their businesses after leaving their current organization. The proposed bill, Int. 0140-2024, titled “Prohibition of non-compete agreements,” is currently undergoing review by the New York City Council. If approved, it will take effect 120 days […]

NYC Targets Pay Transparency Violations 

New York City’s aggressive stance on pay transparency continues to intensify. The NYC Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) has levied complaints against dozens of employers since the city’s pay transparency law took effect in November 2022. Employers must adhere to the law’s requirements or risk facing substantial fines and potential reputational damage.  About the Law  New York […]

Duluth, Minnesota, Repeals Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective January 18, 2024, Duluth, Minnesota, repeals its paid sick leave law in light of the statewide paid sick leave law effective January 1, 2024. The state program requires that employees in Minnesota who work at least 80 hours in a year for the employer accrue up to 48 hours of Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) each […]

NYC Employees Can Sue for Violations of the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act

Effective March 20, 2024, New York City (NYC) employees now have a private right of action to sue employers for violations of the city’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA). This means employees can bypass the administrative complaint process and head straight to court for alleged ESSTA violations, potentially opening a new wave of legal […]

Chicago Delays the Start of Its’ New Paid Leave Ordinance to July 2024 

The new Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) which was set to take effect on December 31, 2023, is now delayed until July 1, 2024 due to amendments. In addition to delaying the effective date, the amendments also require employers to provide written notice of their time off policies to covered […]

Cook County, Illinois Enacts Its Own Paid Leave for Any Reason Law 

Following the statewide law and the Chicago ordinance, Cook County has also amended its existing Earned Sick Leave Ordinance to include paid leave for all employees who work in the county that can be used for any reason an employee chooses. The amendments took effect on December 31, 2023.  Under the amended law, employees who work in the […]

NYC Enacts Workers’ Bill of Rights Notice Requirements 

Effective July 1, 2024, New York City (NYC) employers will be required to provide employees with information on the workers’ bill of rights which is to be inclusive of relevant federal, state, and local laws that apply to employees, prospective employees, and independent contractors. The information must further specify rights that apply to workers regardless of […]

Chicago Passes a New Paid Leave Ordinance 

On November 9, 2023, the Chicago City Council passed the new Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance (the “Ordinance”). The amendments take effect on December 31, 2023. While the city already had a paid sick leave law, the new ordinance now guarantees two banks of leave, one for paid sick leave, and […]