Chicago’s $15 minimum wage goes into effect Thursday


CHICAGO — Chicago’s $15 an hour minimum wage takes effect Thursday for many workers.

Mayor Lightfoot joined worker advocacy groups and labor leaders to mark the change, which was scheduled

The following measures went into effect Thursday.

  • Large business are now required to pay the full $15.
  • Small businesses, those with between four and 20 employees, must pay $14. Their rate rises to $15 in 2023.
  • Youth workers now get $11.
  • Restaurant employees who get tips will be paid $9 an hour.

If employees do not make enough money in tips to equal the minimum wage, employers are suppose to make up the difference.

“Our dedicated workforce deserves to be protected and treated with dignity and respect—especially after the devastating socioeconomic fallout caused by the pandemic,” said Mayor Lightfoot. 

All domestic workers, such as housekeepers, will reach $15 an hour on August 1.

After 2023, the minimum wage will rise with the rate of inflation.

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