Minneapolis, MN: Sick Leave Law Blocked in Some Areas

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Last year, the City of Minneapolis approved the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), which requires employers to provide at least 48 hours of paid sick and safe time to covered employees working in Minneapolis each year.  Originally scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2017, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, among other business entities, sued to block the Ordinance.  As a result, a Minnesota district court recently issued a temporary injunction that limits the Ordinance from going into full effect for certain employers.

The temporary injunction blocks the Ordinance from taking effect for employers or residents outside the geographic boundaries of Minneapolis.  However, the district court did not provide specific guidance as to the scope of which employers the Ordinance does not apply to.  The main point of contention is that the Ordinance as written applies to any employee working a mere 80 hours in the City per calendar year; however, the court felt that this requirement was too broad by itself.  The Ordinance may eventually be enforced upon external employers with workers who conduct a significant portion of their working time in Minneapolis, but for the time being, further developments on the fate of the newly-limited Ordinance are pending an appeal.

The court plans to hold a hearing on the merits of the case before the July 1, 2017 effective date of the Ordinance.

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  1. Look for updates from ManagEase on this developing area.

Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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