Business Leader Suggests Delay In Minimum Wage Hike

Steve Miller
April 23, 2020 - 6:16 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce says businesses need economic relief, and he’s proposing a six-month delay in some regulations, including a hike in the minimum wage. 

The minimum wage in Illinois is set to go up to $10 an hour on July 1.  In Chicago, the minimum wage will be $14 an hour on July 1.

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President Jack Lavin says that should be delayed.

“We really need state and local officials to look at some of the regulations that are coming on — the Fair Work Week, which is coming on July 1, the increase in the minimum wage,” he said.

“No one’s debating the public policy. That’s been debated already. But I think a delay, a six-month delay, is needed.”

The Fair Workweek Ordinance in Chicago requires large employers to give employees at least two weeks’ notice of their schedules and to compensate them for late changes.

Lavin said he agrees with Gov. Pritzker’s decision to extend the state’s stay-at-home order through May. He said he’s glad the governor is relaxing the order for some businesses.

“If we can get (businesses) the resources and give them the comfort level that some of these new regulations will be delayed six months, it’s going to help them keep their doors open and feel like, ‘I still have hope. I still have a chance.’”

Lavin says the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,000 members.