New Law Requires You To Post the City of Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance

If you are an employer with a business location in Chicago or you have a business license to operate in Chicago, as of July 1, 2015 you must do all three of the following:

   • Post a copy of the City of Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance Notice in your business facilities; 
   • Give each employee a copy of the Ordinance with their first paycheck they will receive after July 1, 2015; 
   • Give each new employee a copy of the Ordinance hired after July 1, 2015 when they receive their first paycheck.

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This Ordinance establishes a new schedule for raising the minimum wage of $13.00 per hour in Chicago by 2019. The phase in for the wage increase is:

Effective Date

Non-Tipped Employees

Tipped Employees




July 1, 2015



July 1, 2016



July 1, 2017


Amount to be determined and announced yearly on or before June 1st.

July 1, 2018


July 1, 2019


 The minimum wage increase applies to all employees who, within any two week period, work within at least two hours in the Chicago.

A failure to post or distribute this ordinance notice can result in a fine of $500 - $1,000 per violation. It is likely that some entrepreneurial lawyers will find a way to make a fortune by filing a class action lawsuit against employers who violates the ordinance.

If you have any questions about the ordiance or your obligations, call Henry Krasnow or Zachary Pollack.