For some, Chicago minimum wage reaches $15 per hour threshold
In Nov. 2019, when Chicago decided to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour in stages, its end goal seemed a long way off. However, that day has finally arrived. Starting July 1, 2021, the minimum wage increased to $15 per hour for those Chicago employees who work for employers with more than 21 employees. For employees working for smaller Chicago employers with 4-20 employees, the minimum wage increased to $14 per hour. Workers employed for very small businesses with less than four employees are eligible for the Illinois minimum wage of $11 per hour.
The minimum wage for Chicago’s tipped employees whose employers utilize the tip credit also increased on July 1. The minimum wage increased to $9 per hour for Chicago tipped employees working for businesses with more than 20 employees. For tipped employees working for smaller employers with 4-20 employees, the minimum wage increased to $8.40 per hour.
As a reminder, Chicago employers are required to update their posters and provide written notice to their employees with their first paychecks issued after July 1.
Should you have any questions concerning Chicago’s latest minimum wage increases, we encourage you to contact one of Chuhak & Tecson, P.C.’s Employment Practice attorneys.
Client Alert authored by Jeralyn H. Baran (312 855 4613), Principal and leader of Chuhak & Tecson’s Employment Practice.
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