- That we clarify that in the case of both Paid Time Off (PTO) and Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) that when a PTO or CBA meets the minimum requirements, it is deemed compliant. There was some confusion that any new ordinance would be “in addition” to an existing program and we clarified, on a unanimous vote, that the intent was not to add to PTO or CBA programs that already meet the minimum standards set out in an ordinance.
- A proposed amendment to explore an exemption for casual workers was withdrawn. Casual workers are often found in the healthcare industry, although they are used in many other sectors as well.
- We debated and passed an amendment to change the accrual “start” time from one hour (that is, effectively when an individual starts a position) to 80 hours. This means you must first work 80 hours before you begin accruing sick and safe time. This is consistent with the proposed ordinance in Minneapolis as well as many other enforcing entities around the country that have passed similar ordinances.
- Finally we debated and did not pass a proposed ordinance that when an employee has scheduled preventive care (say, for example, a dentist appointment for a routine cleaning) that they notify their employer no less than seven days in advance. It was suggested that this was more appropriately solved in any employer handbook as a requirement of employment, not as an element of an ordinance.
There was also a discussion on a general topic of asking the city to cooperate with Minneapolis, to the degree possible, to create common basic administrative procedures to ensure a degree of commonality between the two cities. The discussion was particularly Saint Paul centric in that the notion of cooperation with Minneapolis was ultimately rejected.
The Task Force then voted on the full set of recommendations to be presented to HREEO. On a split vote the Task Force voted to proceed with the submittal of the recommendations to HREEO.
Please review the blog entry for May 19th to review the proposed timeline for next steps. Your Chamber will be heavily engaged throughout the process and will continue to post updates to this blog.
Of note, the meeting ended with sincere thanks to the members of the task force who have worked since March 8th, on their own time, to formulate this report. While meetings featured significant disagreements and the occasional outburst (this author included), the task force reflected the truly Saint Paul approach of listening respectfully, engaging with gratitude for participation, and thanking all for their contributions.