City’s minimum wage ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 201


The City’s new municipal minimum wage ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. For this first phase of the ordinance, large businesses with more than 100 employees will be required to pay workers at least $10 an hour.

The tiered phase-in period for small and large business is as follows. (Note: The minimum wage will be indexed to inflation every subsequent January after the $15 an hour wage is reached.)


Small business: 100 or fewer employees

Large business: more than 100 employees

Jan. 1, 2018

 No increase


July 1, 2018



July 1, 2019



July 1, 2020



July 1, 2021



July 1, 2022



July 1, 2023


Indexed to inflation

July 1, 2024

Equal to large business  

Indexed to inflation








The City’s Department of Civil Rights will oversee enforcement of the municipal minimum wage and employees are encouraged to report violations online.

The ordinance applies to all employees regardless of immigration status. The City will not inquire about an individual’s immigration status when investigating ordinance violations. The City will not tolerate retaliation against workers who report violations or otherwise assert their rights.

The passage of the municipal minimum wage ordinance comes as many Minneapolis workers struggle to pay for basic needs. Inaction by federal and state governments has prompted more cities throughout the country to establish minimum wage policies.

There are more than 84,000 people in Minneapolis with incomes below the federal poverty level. An increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour would benefit 23 percent of workers in Minneapolis (about 71,000 people). Of this number a majority are low-wage workers of color.

For more information about the ordinance, visit 

NOTE:  With regard to the lawsuit brought by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and others seeking to enjoin implementation of the City’s minimum wage ordinance, the Hennepin County District Court has denied the Plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary injunction and the City will proceed with implementation of the ordinance as scheduled.


Published Dec 11, 2017



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