The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has formally challenged the Minneapolis $15 minimum wage ordinance in Hennepin County District Court. The business group contends the ordinance, which increases the minimum wage to $10 per hour effective January 1, is illegal in that it violates state law, which reserves the power to establish minimum wages to the state and/or federal governments. As passed earlier this fall, the ordinance provides a minimum wage for all companies whose employees may work within the city limits for as little as 2 hours per week, regardless of whether their physical offices are located within the city of Minneapolis or not! Over the course of the next 5 years, the ordinance ramps up the city minimum to $15 an hour by 2024 for both small and large employers. The Chamber failed in a separate suit earlier this year when it challenged the Minneapolis on a different ordinance that mandated paid sick leave for the same private employees. Although the court limited the application of the sick leave ordinance to those employees housed in the city, it did not strike down the mandate and let it stand.