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Gregg Goslin

Cook County municipalities look to opt out of new labor laws

At least one Cook County municipality has opted out of the looming minimum wage hike and paid sick time laws, and more communities could follow suit.

The Cook County Board passed two laws in October mirroring measures in Chicago. One allows employees to accrue up to five days of paid sick time each year, with some exceptions. The other incrementally increases the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2020.

The laws, which take effect July 1, have sparked ongoing debate about whether such mandates help workers or hamstring employers and threaten jobs, the Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2hwHIq4 ) reported. Local and county officials said any municipality can opt out at any...

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