The germ of paid sick leave spread to the Midwest as well this week, as Chicago formally adopted the mandate by a unanimous vote of 48-0 at the Wednesday meeting of the City Council.  As we advised you last week, with 38 sponsors (out of 50 aldermen) and the support of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, the passage of the mandate was a virtual certainty, only the timing and the details were the least bit in question.  Now, all the details are worked out.   The mandate becomes effective July 1, 2017 and requires that employers allow employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours per year and they must be allowed to carry over to the following year half of their accrued unused paid sick leave (a maximum of 20 hours).  Employers covered by FMLA however, must allow employees to carry over 40 hours additional to use exclusively for FMLA purposes, for a total of 60 hours!