This is a reminder to help you achieve full, timely compliance with the Municipal Code of Chicago; three new laws go into effect on July 1st and August 1st.

Monday, August 08, 2016 5:24:00 AM
                                           Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection 
                                                                             City of Chicago 
 
 
                                                                                                                   August 1, 2016
 
Dear Retailer,
 
This is a reminder to help you achieve full, timely compliance with the Municipal Code of Chicago; three new laws go into effect on July 1st and August 1st.
 
Tobacco 21:
Beginning July 1, 2016, the sale of tobacco products and accessories to people under age 21 will be prohibited.  Retail employees age 18 and older may still engage in selling tobacco products. It is now illegal to sell tobacco products to those under age 21.
 
Additionally, you may be required to post a new warning sign. In stores that have a Retail Tobacco License, a new warning sign reflecting the new age of 21 must be posted by July 1, 2016. Please remember that as the retailer, it is now illegal to sell tobacco products to those under 21. You are responsible for any violations committed by your employees, staff, or agents. You can get a copy of this warning sign on the Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection website on the tobacco regulations webpage.
 
Minimum Wage Increase:
Effective July 1st the new hourly minimum wage goes up to $10.50 per hour. Tipped minimum wage workers will also see a raise as their per hour wage increases to $5.95.  
 
The Mayor's 2014 ordinance phases in annual increases every July 1st.  The hourly wage will increase to $11 in 2017, $12 in 2018 and $13 by 2019. The ordinance affects employers operating within the city and employees who work at least two hours in the city.  It does not cover businesses with four or less employees, not counting the employer's parents, spouse, children or other members of the employer's immediate family.
 
Plastic Bag Ban:
The second phase of the City of Chicago's Plastic Bag Ban begins August 1, 2016. Smaller chain and franchise retailers with floor space less than 10,000 square feet will be required to come into compliance as larger stores were required last year. The ordinance does not apply to take-out or dine-in restaurants.
 
Under the ordinance stores can provide customers plastic bags if they are reusable, made of recyclable paper or commercially compostable plastic bags.
 
As part of the City's coordinated effort to build awareness about these changes, the Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection will host a workshop regarding the new laws on Wednesday, August 10,2016 at City Hall Room 805 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Please stay tuned for more information that will be posted online.
 
 
Sincerely,       

Maria Guerra Lapacek
Commissioner
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