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Labor & Employment Law Alert - Chicago City Council Votes to Raise Minimum Wage

Christmas has come early to many Chicago workers. On Dec. 2, 2014, the Chicago City Council voted by a 44 to 5 margin to create a “city minimum wage” that increases the minimum wage for those who work in Chicago. In January 2015, the minimum wage will increase from $8.25 to $10 per hour. The minimum wage will increase to $13 per hour by July 2019.

Many are predicting fall out from this vote. For example, individuals working geographically close to Chicago may now look for work in Chicago to get a “raise”, but making it harder to find work in Chicago. On the other hand, businesses in Chicago may look to relocate to a border suburb or to Indiana where hourly wage rates will remain lower. At present, it does not seem as though the Illinois legislature intends to propose a bill to raise the minimum wage throughout Illinois. Of course, that could change quickly. Only time will tell what the impact of this raise in the minimum wage will be.

For more information, please contact the Barnes & Thornburg Labor and Employment attorney with whom you work, or a leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department in the following offices:

Kenneth J. Yerkes
Department Chair
(317) 231-7513

John T.L. Koenig
(404) 264-4018

David B. Ritter
(312) 214-4862

William A. Nolan
(614) 628-1401

Mark S. Kittaka
Fort Wayne
(260) 425-4616

Robert W. Sikkel
Grand Rapids

Peter A. Morse
(317) 231-7794

Scott J. Witlin
Los Angeles
(310) 284-3777

Teresa L. Jakubowski
Washington, D.C.
(202) 371-6366

Janilyn Brouwer Daub
South Bend/Elkhart
(574) 237-1139

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