Preparing for Paid Leave

That preemption veto notwithstanding, mandatory paid leave becomes effective in the Twin Cities at the end of this month. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have paid leave mandates on their books that will take effect on July 1. Except in those communities that have opted out of the county mandates, paid sick leave also becomes…

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Minimum Wage Issues Around the Nation

It is the topic that just won’t go away, so there is more to report this week again on minimum wage initiatives, both pro and con. Speaking again of preemptions, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has threatened to veto legislation passed in different versions by both the House and Senate that would block cities and towns…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie Labeling, Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

Dunkin’ franchise owners can expect to find a friendlier ear in federal government now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House. Any attempts to raise the minimum wage on the federal level are arguably pretty much DOA now. Ditto for other issues, such as reclassifying managers as hourly workers, and union-friendly rulings by…

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Minimum Wage Off Minneapolis Ballot

The Minnesota Supreme Court rejected the arguments of wage-hike activists and ruled earlier this month that the Minneapolis City Council was entitled to keep a $15 minimum wage question off the city’s ballot. The Council voted earlier this summer not to place the question on November’s ballot after the Minneapolis City Attorney issued an opinion…

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Minneapolis Blocks Wage Bill from Ballot

Last Friday, by a 10-2 vote, the Minneapolis City Council killed a minimum wage charter amendment that advocates planned to see on the November ballot.  The council majority agreed with the legal analysis of City Attorney Susan Segal that the measure did not meet legal requirements and that minimum wage mandates must be implemented by…

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St. Paul Sick Leave May Mirror Minneapolis

They don’t call them the Twin Cities for nothing!  The City Council of St. Paul has amended the city’s pending sick leave mandate to more closely align with that of its twin city, Minneapolis.  The changes were made earlier this week after a task force that includes some business owners and is considering the issue…

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Minneapolis OKs Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Although neither side of the paid sick leave v. state pre-emption of local laws debate won the day in the Minnesota legislature, sick leave advocates scored a victory last Friday when Minneapolis adopted the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.  With a threshold of 6 or more workers, the ordinance mandates that employees accumulate one hour…

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Fair Scheduling Proposals Spreading

It began (as many of these ideas do) in San Francisco as part of the “Retail Worker’s Bill of Rights”, but the notion of so-called “Fair Scheduling” or “Strict Scheduling” laws is gaining more traction in states around the country.  Last week, the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development heard public testimony…

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