Chicagoland Chamber speaks out against proposed sick leave ordinance


The chamber also testified before the Committee on Finance opposing a proposed arbitration ordinance.   File photo

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce expressed opposition to the proposed paid sick leave ordinance before the Committee on Workforce Development and Audit this week, stating it would put a strain on local employers and limit business growth potential.

“To be clear, the chamber opposes instituting any paid sick leave ordinance at the city level. It is extremely anti-competitive for employers in the city and outside of the city. It continues to place Chicago on an island, and creates a patchwork of inconsistent and costly labor mandates,” Michael Reever, vice president of government relations for the chamber, said. “Adding another layer of regulation on employers, such as the proposed ordinance, while continually asking the employer community to pay for massive legacy costs, will not help the shared goal of local economic development.”

The chamber also testified before the Committee on Finance opposing a proposed arbitration ordinance, stating that prohibiting arbitration agreements would create an additional challenge that is consequential for small businesses.

“The proposed ordinance is of great concern because of its broad reach to chill a wide variety of businesses, both large and small, from utilizing arbitration as an efficient, fair, and equitable way to resolve disputes with employers and consumers,” Reever said.

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