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 of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, capped at 48 hours leave per year. The law also allows unused leave to roll over from one year to the next until the employee accumulates 80 hours. Furthermore, it directs that employees who spend part of their workday in the city of Minneapolis also be entitled to accumulate leave so long as they meet a threshold of 80 hours worked within the city in a given year. The ordinance becomes effective on July 1, 2017, but includes a first offense phase-in whereby and employer that violates the ordinance within the first year will not incur a financial penalty from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 other than reinstatement of withheld leave pay for a worker. That said, once that first offense is recorded, subsequent offenses will result in fines and penalties. The other of the Twin Cities, St. Paul is considering adopting a similar mandate within its borders.