Chicago’s minimum wage increased on Friday, July 1, when it rose above $15 per hour for the first time. There are some exceptions: For example, tipped employees must make a minimum of either $9.24 for large employers or $8.70 for medium-sized employers. Employers are required to make up the difference between tips received and the applicable minimum wage for employer size.
Cook County’s minimum wage also increased July 1, to $13.35 for nontipped workers and to $7.40 for tipped workers. The state minimum wage is $12 for nontipped workers 18 and over and $7.20 for tipped workers. It is set to increase Jan. 1, 2023, to $13 and $7.80, respectively.
Under the ordinance workers under 18 must be paid at least $12 an hour, up from $11 an hour last year. Another exception is for young employees — those 24 or younger — of religious corporations or organizations. They must be paid at least $12 an hour.
Scheduled changes were also made to the city’s Fair Workweek Ordinance, which requires employers in certain industries to give employees advance notice of their schedules and pay them for last-minute changes. Starting Friday, July 1, the umbrella of workers covered under the ordinance will expand and employers will be required to give those employees a few days’ additional notice of their schedules.
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