Minneapolis Working Families Agenda Delayed for Study Until 2016. Proposed Earned Sick Time and Scheduling Restriction Ordinances May Impact Employers.
For employers in the city of Minneapolis, the Working Families Agenda could have a potential impact on businesses that staff and operate flexible scheduling patterns for varying customer activity. As cited in numerous media reports recently, many businesses opposed to the proposed mandates include small business owners, restaurants, hotels, retail, consumer services, grocery, service stations, and others. Additional information can be found online with the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce.
Supporters of Fair Scheduling and Earned Sick Time ordinances cite workers who have been forced out of jobs or have irregular/lost wages that burden working families. Their stories typically involve circumstances where where late scheduling changes force individuals to choose between work and addressing their own health issues or the various needs of their families. Read Mayor Betsy Hodges October 15 Statement Here.
Details of the Proposed Minneapolis Ordinances
Source: Workforce Fairness Coalition | Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
Where It Stands Today
As of November 2015, the 28-day scheduling mandate and earned sick leave proposal from the Working Families Agenda will be deferred for further study. The Minneapolis City Council has decided to create a board of stakeholders (employers, employees, and other interest groups) to assist them in researching the effects of this bill. The council will now wait until spring to consider an ordinance (rather than adopt a measure by the end of the year) that would require employers to let workers accumulate paid time off.
The board tasked with the study, called the Workplace Regulations Partnership, will have 15 members, with three appointed by Mayor Betsy Hodges, two by Councilwoman Barbara Johnson and the rest by the Minneapolis council. The group must include representatives of workers (including low-wage workers), organized labor, employers (including large employers, small employers and immigrant-owned businesses), as well as from business groups and associations. It is to report to the council no later than February 24, 2016.
How This Impacts You
While the discussion has broadened to include a new board of diverse stakeholders to study the Working Families Agenda, the proposed ordinances have been tabled for now. The ordinance proposals will most likely come up again before the Minneapolis City Council in 2016.
We believe that every city of Minneapolis employer will have unique and compelling concerns to an ordinance that can be universally applied to all business types. To voice your ideas, concerns or to stay up-to-date with the latest news, we have listed resources for you below:
- Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
- City of Minneapolis