AN ORDINANCE CREATING A MINIMUM WAGE IN COOK COUNTY
WHEREAS, Cook County, Illinois is a home-rule unit of government under Article VII, Section 6(a) of the 1970 Constitution of the State of Illinois and, as such, may regulate for the protection of the public welfare; and
WHEREAS, Promoting the welfare of those who work within the County's borders is an endeavor that plainly meets this criterion; and
WHEREAS, Enacting a minimum wage for workers in Cook County that exceeds the state minimum wage is entirely consistent with the Illinois General Assembly's finding that it "is against public policy for an employer to pay to his employees an amount less than that fixed by" the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, 820 ILCS 105/2; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that Chapter 42 - Human Relations, Article I. - In General, Division 2, Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance, Sections 42-7 - 42-19 are hereby enacted as follows:
Sec. 42-7 - Short Title.
This Division shall be known and may be cited as the Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance.
Sec. 42-8 - Definitions.
For purposes of this Division, the following definitions apply:
"Covered Employee" means any Employee who is not subject to any of the exclusions set out in Section 42-12 below, and who, in any particular two-week period, performs at least two hours of work for an Employer while physically present within the geographic boundaries of Cook County. For purposes of this definition, time spent traveling in Cook County that is compensated time, including, but not limited to, deliveries, sales calls, and travel related to other business activity taking place within Cook County, shall constitute work while physically present within the geographic boundaries of Cook County; however, time spent traveling in Cook County that is uncompensated commuting time shall not constitute work while physically present within the geographic boundaries of Cook County.
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