Yet Another Opt Out from Cook County Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The City of Oak Forest has joined the villages of Barrington and Rosemont in opting out of the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance. Oak Forest enacted its superseding ordinance last week. Since each opt out warrants an asterisk to the county ordinance, there are now three asterisks.


Noting that the Cook County paid sick leave ordinance places an “undue burden” on Oak Forest employers, Oak Forest affirmed that employers must comply with federal and state employment laws and guidelines concerning paid sick leave. To remove any doubt, the ordinance adds that “no additional obligations with regard to paid leave….including without limitation, any additional obligations adopted by the Court of Cook Board of Commissioners, shall apply within the City Oak Forest.” The City Council Agenda Memo and text of Ordinance No. 2015-06-0545O is here.

The City of Oak Forest has approximately 28,000 residents and is about 24 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.