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Minimum wage increase to impact Chicago jobs

Posted on June 22, 2015

A minimum wage increase will affect thousands of Chicago jobs.

To ensure that workers know about their rights in the workplace, the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will host a series of information sessions throughout the city to prepare businesses and workers for the first minimum wage increase for Chicago workers since 2010, which will affect Chicago jobs.

BACP will make available on their website the promulgated regulations and other informational materials, including a Notice to Employers and Employees, which business owners are required to display at their business. In addition to the public workshops, the City will be launching an outreach campaign, including information in its monthly business and consumer newsletters, alerts through the BACP homepage, direct mailings, and social media updates.

“In just a few weeks, hundreds of thousands of hard-working Chicago residents will receive a raise and be better able to keep their families out of poverty. It is important that those workers also understand their rights, are being paid that higher wage, and can contribute to the continued growth of Chicago’s economy,” said John Bouman, President, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

“When Chicago’s new minimum wage increase takes effect, it will have a lasting impact on more than 200,000 Chicago residents immediately, and more than double that by the time the wage reaches $13 per hour in 2019. This is important for our local economy and for the workers whose lives will be positively impacted by this law,” said Alderman Will Burns (4th), co-Chairman of the Mayor’s Minimum Wage Working Group.

“On July 1st, more than 200,000 workers in the City of Chicago will receive a much needed raise, an essential step in making sure that hard work pays off. If you work hard in the City of Chicago, you should be able to afford to live here and raise your children here,” said Mayor Emanuel. “As a City, we must also continue to do our part to ensure that workers understand their rights and business owners understand their responsibilities in implementing this important law so that every hard working resident in the City of Chicago has a chance to succeed.”