COOK COUNTY MINIMUM WAGE ORDINANCE
With the link above you can reach the Municode for Cook County page where you will find Ordinance No. 16-5768 passed by the Cook County Board of Commissioners on October 26, 2016. Effective July 1, 2019, this ordinance will increase the minimum wage for many employees in Cook County to $12/hr. Effective July 1, 2019, the base wage for tipped employees increases from $5.10/hr. to $5.25/hr.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
After engaging in a public rulemaking process, the Commission adopted interpretative and procedural rules for its enforcement of the Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance. See the final Rules in the Download section of this page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The text of the Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance as enacted by the Cook County Board of Commissioners and Interpretative and Procedural Rules adopted by the Cook County Commission on Human Rights provide detailed guidance for employers. The staff of the Commission does not have the authority to provide legal advice or render advisory opinions to individual employers. However, the staff appreciates the efforts on the part of conscientious employers to maintain compliance with the Ordinance. In an effort to facilitate broad compliance, the staff of the Commission will gather and answer frequently asked questions. These responses are not binding on the Commission in an enforcement action related to the Ordinance. To the extent that these responses conflict with the Ordinance or the Rules, the Ordinance and the Rules are more authoritative and will prevail. See the list of FAQs in the Download section of this page.