Public hearing on proposed wage theft prevention ordinance July 29

The public can comment on a proposed wage theft prevention ordinance Monday, July 29 during a public hearing before the City Council’s Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement Committee. 

The proposed ordinance would give workers in Minneapolis an avenue to recover unpaid wages through the City’s Civil Rights Department. It would complement other new municipal labor standards, including the City’s minimum wage and sick and safe time ordinances, by requiring that employers provide written pre-hire notices and a statement of earnings at the end of each pay period, including the number of sick and safe time hours accrued and unused, among other things. If approved, the City’s ordinance would take effect Jan. 1, 2020. 

Wage theft occurs when employers do not pay their workers all wages earned for the work they have performed. Between 2005 and 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor found over 5,500 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act by employers in Minneapolis, totaling over $2.7 million in unpaid wages. Estimates of wage theft that goes unreported to authorities are much higher.

The City’s proposed ordinance comes as the State of Minnesota’s new wage theft law took effect July 1. The state law provides new funding for enforcement of the state’s wage and hour laws and adds criminal penalties for employers who commit wage theft.

Wage theft prevention ordinance public hearing
City Council’s Committee on Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement meeting
Meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 29
Room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

 

Published Jul 24, 2019

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