Beginning July 1, 2017, many Chicago and Cook County employers were required to begin providing paid sick leave benefits (up to 40 hours per year) to most employees, including temporary and part-time employees. In addition, Chicago employers saw a wage increase from $10.50 to $11/hour, and for Cook County employers outside Chicago, the wage rose from $8.25 to $10/hour. Many towns did opt out of the county paid sick leave and minimum wage rules.  Employers should be familiar and in compliance with the new requirements and need to update employee handbooks/policies and compensation.Special Client Bulletin May 2017