Chicago Paid Sick Leave: may employers define their own benefit year (accrual period)?

Post Authored by Christian Blume, Illinois Business & Real Estate Attorney

Chicago employers are now subject to Section 1-24-045 of the Chicago Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, which requires employers to provide certain amounts of paid sick leave to employees in Chicago.  The Paid Sick Leave law applies to all employers with a business facility in Chicago and/or employers that are subject to license requirements under Title 4 of the Chicago Municipal Code (Businesses, Occupations and Consumer Protection), and the employer must employ at least one “Covered Employee.”

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blumreChristian is the Co-Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Section’s Real Estate Committee. He is a trusted legal advisor that helps businesses and individuals protect and pursue their interests. His practice focuses on real estate and business law (particularly, transactional and dispute resolution). 

Prior to establishing his private practice, Christian worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law. He represented the City of Chicago and prosecuted municipal code violations in numerous cases.     

He graduated cum laude from The John Marshall Law School and served as the Managing Editor of The John Marshall Law Review. He also graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, where he majored in Economics.  Prior to law school, Christian owned and operated  a small business. As a small business owner, he came to appreciate the many legal struggles and issues start-ups and small businesses face. 

He currently lives in Lincoln Square with his wife and two small children. Christian enjoys travelling, yoga, reading and spending time with his family in his spare time. 

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