Workshop on sick and safe time offered for immigrant-owned small businesses

Most workers in Minneapolis now get sick time off

For healthy workers, healthy businesses and healthy communities, a new ordinance protecting sick time off for people who work in Minneapolis has taken effect. A free workshop is offered for immigrant-owned small and micro businesses to learn more about how to comply with the new rules. Information will be presented in Spanish, Somali and Arabic with time for questions.

The workshop is offered twice:

Neighborhood Development Center
Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., ground floor conference room
(Walk past the Hennepin County Service Center to the first door to the right. Walk down a long green hallway through set of double doors. Conference room is past the Market’s Office to your left.)

Employers with six or more workers will be required to provide time off at a minimum threshold of at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employers with five or fewer workers must also provide sick time, but it may be unpaid. The goal of the ordinance is to protect public health and prevent workers from being penalized because of illness or a need to care for a sick loved one.

Until this law took effect, four out of 10 Minneapolis workers lacked access to paid sick time.

With some exceptions, the new ordinance governs all employers in Minneapolis and includes full-time, part-time and temporary workers and paid interns.‚Äč Other requirements include:

Paid time off, sick, vacation or other types of leave used at employee discretion often qualify as “sick and safe time.” Employees who already receive such leave in sufficient amounts do not receive additional time off under the new law. The 40 percent of employees – often part-time workers – who previously lacked such access will now receive it, and the ordinance creates a minimum standard of protection for everyone.

Paid sick and safe time is intended to:

People who work in Minneapolis whose employers don’t provide the sick and safe time required by the new law can call 311 or visit www.minneapolismn.gov/sicktimeinfo to ask a question or file a complaint with the Labor Standards Enforcement Division of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights. 

Note: In a lawsuit brought against the City of Minneapolis in the case of Minnesota Chamber of Commerce et al v. City of Minneapolis, Court File No. 27-cv-16-15051, the Hennepin County District Court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the City of Minneapolis from enforcing the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance against any “employer resident outside the geographic boundaries of the City.” This case is currently on appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. This temporary injunction order will be applied until further action of the court.

Published Jul 18, 2017

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