As reported last June, the Minneapolis City Council passed a Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, providing employees who work in the city at least 80 hours a year with paid sick leave.
As we’ve seen in other local jurisdictions, the story doesn’t end when the ordinance passes.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit with Hennepin County District Court (where Minneapolis resides) Oct. 12, arguing the ordinance conflicted with existing state laws.
Hennepin County Judge Mel Dickstein ruled Jan. 19 that the ordinance, effective July 1, 2017, can move forward. However, he issued a temporary injunction preventing the city from requiring companies based outside of Minneapolis to comply. The original ordinance covered all employees, regardless of where their respective company is based.
Following Judge Dickstein’s ruling, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce plans to appeal. In the meantime, the city will review and comply with the order.
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