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The Minneapolis Workplace Regulation Partnership Group approved a draft report of their findings on earned sick and safe time on Tuesday, March 14. There were 13 votes in favor, one opposed and one abstention. You can view the draft here. At the meeting, language was suggested to recommend a six month delay between enactment and implementation but that language is not reflected in the draft posted to the Minneapolis Workplace Regulation Partnership Group’s website at the time of this posting. Steve Cramer from the Minneapolis Downtown Council submitted a Minority Report – it can be viewed here. The Group will be presenting the report on Wednesday, March 16 at 10:00 AM at the Minneapolis Committee of the Whole meeting. The intent is for the report to be passed and sent to the Minneapolis City Council to be heard on Friday, March 18. We will keep you updated on the outcome of the Minneapolis meetings and potential ordinance.
On Tuesday, March 8 the Saint Paul Earned Sick and Safe Leave Task Force held its first meeting. The Task Force will be meeting over the next three months to establish recommendations for the Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) Commission. It is anticipated that the HREEO Commission will take the recommendations to the Saint Paul City Council for approval and creation of an ordinance. The hope is that the Saint Paul City Council will vote on the recommendations in June however it is anticipated that more meetings will be added in May, potentially delaying a City Council vote.
The first meeting was an opportunity for Task Force members to dialogue about what was important to their businesses and organizations. Future agendas will include discussions on what other cities similar to Saint Paul are doing in terms of ordinances, how this ordinance could interact with current and future state law and deeper conversations about defining what constitutes as sick and safe time.
We are looking forward to upcoming meetings and conversations with Task Force members. For more information check out our blog post on the scope and usage of paid sick leave. To see the draft proposal from Minneapolis’ Workforce Partnership meetings on paid sick leave, visit their website and view the documents posted under the March 9 meeting. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any further questions on paid sick and safe time.
Tonight the Saint Paul City Council will vote on membership of the Sick & Safe Time Task Force.
We are happy to note that Matt Kramer (SPACC President) is named on the list, as are representatives from eight members of the Chamber (Summit Brewing Company, Blue Plate Restaurant Company, Xcel Energy, Levy’s Restaurant, HealthPartners, Ecolab, Heartland Restaurant, and the University of St. Thomas). View the full list here.
This will continue to be one of the top public affairs issue we’re focused on, and we’ll keep you updated on the Task Force’s progress.
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