New Paid Time Off Ordinance in Chicago


Starting in 2024, a measure signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker will require employers statewide to give their workers at least one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked. That will entitle workers to five days of paid time off every year, for any reason, according to the law.

🗳️ What this new ordinance does is create a new minimum standard in the city of Chicago which is what was already won and included in our contracts! Our union fought hard to ensure that all workers have paid time off and our contracts already include a higher standard of paid leave. What this means for you as an SEIU HCII member: now that paid time off is written into law we no longer have to fight for this benefit at the bargaining table.

✊ We can now focus our demands at the bargaining table on higher wages that will attract new hires and retain our current workforce so that we can be adequately staffed.

We’re thrilled to see worker power growing in our city and better working conditions being won for everyone!

📣 To learn more about The Paid Leave Ordinance you can read about it here: Paid Leave Ordinance.