Many states and cities have incrementally raised workers’ pay over a period of time.
In the Midwest, the cities of Minneapolis and Chicago, along with Cook County, IL have scheduled increases this summer.
Minneapolis passed an ordinance in 2017 to phase in a $15 minimum wage over five years for large businesses and seven years for small businesses. Further information can be found in MRA’s previous Inside HR article.
On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Minneapolis will increase to $11.25 an hour for large businesses and $10.25 an hour for small businesses.
The required notice poster must be displayed where employees can easily read it and in any languages needed by 5% or more of employees. The poster can be downloaded here and fulfills the requirements of both the Sick and Safe Time and minimum wage ordinances.
Chicago’s minimum wage will increase to $12.00 per hour ($6.25 for tipped employees) on July 1, 2018. The increase was part of a 2014 ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for all Chicago workers annually.
All businesses operating within Chicago and/or employing persons working within Chicago are required to comply and to post the Notice to Employers and Employees.
Cook County in Illinois passed a minimum wage ordinance back in 2016. On July 1, 2018, covered employers are required to increase the minimum wage for employees in Cook County to $11.00 an hour ($5.10 for tipped employees). More information, including posting requirements, can be found in MRA’s previous Inside HR article.
Most employers in Cook County will not need to follow this rule since a vast majority of municipalities within suburban Cook County opted out of complying with the minimum wage increase ordinance last year, as well as the earned sick leave ordinance. For the most up-to-date information on which municipalities within Cook County opted out, call or consult your city or village’s website to verify specific obligations.
As a reminder, MRA has a partnership with GovDocs, a reputable and cost-effective provider of state and federal consolidated employment law posters, so members can receive a 10 percent discount off the regular price of employment law posters and any other products. Employers using GovDocs will receive notification whenever updates are made to compliance posters, such as minimum wage increases.
Source: CCH/Wolters Kluwer; Lynell Meeth, Director, Member Content, MRA – The Management Association