Compliance Memos: September 2018

DMEC Staff@Work

Compliance Memos_September 2018Paid Sick Leave Conflicts: Litigation vs. Ballot Box

In addition to a fragmented map of municipal, county, and state paid sick leave (PSL) laws, employers now face zombie PSL laws that operate in litigation gray zones. PSL opponents are litigating against local ordinances, while advocates are getting PSL proposals on the ballot where they have good prospects for passage — opening the door to more litigation.

In Illinois, 80% of Cook County municipalities have opted out of the county’s Earned Sick Leave Ordinance; more than half of the county population is covered, however, including Chicago. The Cook County Board of Commissioners is turning up the political heat on the municipalities that opted out by placing a non-binding “advisory” referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot as to whether voters believe their municipality should opt in.

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