Cook County Government: Cook County issues notice on minimum wage ordinance
June 7, 2021
Today, Cook County issued an employee notice regarding the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO).
As of July 1, 2021, the minimum wage for workers without tips will remain at $ 13.00. The minimum wage is $ 6.60 for tip employees.
The MWO sets the lowest amount that an employer must legally pay its employees. Each year, the minimum wage increases according to a formula fixed by the ordinance. The ordinance applies to hourly, salaried and tip employees over the age of 18 working in Cook County, even those who may work in the county to make deliveries or drive within county limits.
The Cook County Minimum Wage is based on the higher of the Federal Minimum Wage, the State of Illinois Minimum Wage, or the county’s calculation using the Price Index. consumption (CPI).
In accordance with the MWO (Sec. 42-13) and Rules (Sec. 2.04), the Cook County Minimum Wage Calculation cannot be used when the Cook County unemployment rate is 8.5% or more. The unemployment rate in Cook County for the previous year was at or above 8.5%.
Employees are covered by Cook County MWO if:
- The employee worked for an employer in Cook County for at least 2 hours over a two week period, and
- The employer has four or more employees (or the employee is a domestic worker) and
- The employer maintains a business facility in Cook County or is issued a business license by Cook County.
- Teenagers (under 18) must be paid the state minimum wage of $ 7.75.
Employees who believe their employer is not paying the required minimum wage should first verify that the municipality where they work does not have a different minimum wage. If the municipality has not pulled out, employees can file a complaint with the Cook County Human Rights Commission. Complaint forms and additional information can be found online.
Order No. 16-5768 (MWO) was passed by the Cook County Council of Commissioners on October 26, 2016.
This press release was produced by Cook County Government. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.