Chicago Creates Minimum Wage Poster – New City Labor Law Posters Required

The latest required change to the Chicago, IL labor law poster is on the Minimum Wage poster.

The city of Chicago’s new minimum wage law takes effect on July 1, 2015, and the city has released the required employment poster. This poster outlines separate minimum wage rules for tipped and non-tipped employees as well as employee rights under the ordinance. The minimum wage law applies to most employees working at least 2 hours within a two week period.

For non-tipped employees, the minimum wage increases to $10.00 effective July 1, 2015, to $10.50 effective July 1, 2016, to $11.00 effective July 1, 2017, to $12.00 effective July 1, 2018, and to $13.00 effective July 1, 2019. For tipped employees, the minimum wage increases to $4.95 effective July 1, 2015, to $5.45 effective July 1, 2016, to $5.95 effective  July 1, 2016, and the new amounts after 2016 will be determined annually prior to June 1st.

Beginning in 2020, the minimum wage will be tied to inflation, but will not increase more than 2.5 percent annually. Also, there will not be an annual increase if the unemployment rate for the previous year was equal to or greater than 8.5 percent.

Though the new minimum wage law applies to most employees, there are several categories of employees that are excluded from the ordinance. Those excluded categories include:

  • Youth under 18 years of age
  • Adults during the first 90 days of employment
  • Disabled employees for whom employers have received a state-approved lower wage rate
  • Trainees taking part in a program for no more than 6 months (with state approval)
  • Employees working at a business with four or fewer employees (not including immediate family)

If an employee believes that they are entitled to the increased minimum wage but do not receive it, they can call 311 in order to report the violation to the city of Chicago.

We are publishing a new Chicago poster with this latest change. For more information about the Chicago  labor law poster, or to learn more about our City 1-Year Plan with free automatic updates, please call us at 1-800-322-3636.


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