In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
The Office of Labor Standards is dedicated to promoting and enforcing Chicago’s labor laws. The Director of Labor Standards will lead the Office to process complaints, conduct investigations, mediate disputes, direct settlement proceedings, issue violations, and, if necessary, seek licensure discipline against employers.
The Office was established in 2019 and seeks to engage communities and protect workers through a strong investigation and enforcement regime. The Office will track its performance to provide accountability and a roadmap to success.
The laws that the Office promotes and enforces include:
|The Minimum Wage Ordinance mandates that employees be paid at least the minimum wage. Minimum wage amounts vary depending on the size of the business and the industry.|
|The Paid Sick Leave Ordinance mandates that all Chicago businesses provide paid sick leave to employees.|
|The Fair Workweek Ordinance mandates that all Chicago businesses provide their employees 10 days notice of their work schedules. The Ordinance goes into effect on July 1, 2020.|