Alert: New Minneapolis Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Summer 2016 Firm Newsletter

On May 27, 2016, the City of Minneapolis passed an ordinance to require most private employers to offer paid sick leave to workers. Starting July 1, 2017, workers at Minneapolis businesses with six or more employees will be able to earn up to 48 hours of paid sick leave per year, at a rate of one hour of leave per 30 hours of work. Employers with five or fewer employees will be required to offer the same amount of unpaid leave. Workers will be able to roll over unused sick leave from one year to the next until they accumulate 80 hours.

The new ordinance applies to employers based in Minneapolis and to workers who have a regular workplace in the city. However, it also applies to workers such as delivery drivers and repair persons who move into and out of the city during a work day, who would be able to accumulate paid leave for each hour worked within the city, provided that they spend at least 80 hours working within the boundaries of Minneapolis in any given year.

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