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Cook County, IL Ordinance Expands Reach of Paid Sick Leave

On October 5, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners enacted an ordinance that will require employers throughout Cook County, Illinois to provide paid sick leave to employees (the “Cook County Ordinance”). The Cook County Ordinance adopts the same terms as set forth in the Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, which was passed by the Chicago City Council in June, and goes into effect on the same day: July 1, 2017. Once the ordinances take effect, employees throughout Cook County will accrue 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Employees will be able to accrue up to 5 days of paid sick leave per year, unless the employer’s policies provide for a greater benefit. Employers throughout Cook County (including in Chicago) should update their sick leave policies prior to July 1, 2017, the effective date of the Cook County and Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinances, to ensure compliance with these new requirements.

For more information regarding the paid sick leave requirements in Chicago and Cook County as a whole, please see our recent Alert regarding the Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.

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Alexis M. Dominguez, Neal Gerber law firm, ADA Discrimination Lawyer, Wage Attorney

Alexis M. Dominguez is an associate in Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Labor and Employment practice group.

Alex counsels clients on all aspects of labor and employment law, including compliance with Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Illinois Human Rights Act. He also represents clients in employment discrimination and wage and hour litigation before state and federal courts, and has...

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Sonya Rosenberg, Labor & Employment attorney, Neal Gerber law firm

Sonya Rosenberg counsels companies and organizations on various employee-related legal issues that arise through the many stages of the employment relationship, from pre-hire to following separation. Sonya also represents employers in litigation, her experience including the successful defense of numerous administrative charges, lawsuits and appellate proceedings at the state and federal levels. Sonya is a frequent presenter and author of numerous articles on current employment law topics, including effective employment audit and risk management practices, discrimination and harassment, technology - such as the effects of social media and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) - in the workplace, restrictive covenants, Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act issues, workplace violence, conducting reductions in force and other notable developments in labor and employment law. 

In addition to her practice, Sonya is a firm delegate and member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Women Initiatives in Law, a nonprofit association focused on supporting female attorneys in Chicago-area law firms and companies. She is also a member of the Chicago chapter of the International Women’s Forum, an international organization that supports global, national and local networks of women leaders in government, medicine, business, education, the arts and community service. At the firm, Sonya is a member of the Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Green Committee.

William J. Tarnow II, Labor & Employment attorney, Neal Gerber law firm

William J. Tarnow II is chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and represents and counsels companies and management in all facets of business and employment law and employment-related litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Bill has litigated a variety of disputes, ranging from trade secret, breach of fiduciary duty, restrictive covenants and breach of contract disputes, to claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation under various statutes such as Title VII, the ADA and the ADEA in venues around the country. Bill also has...