City of Minneapolis

Working Families Update

Oct. 15, 2015

The City of Minneapolis is moving forward to ensure earned sick and safe time for all Minneapolis workers. At this time, fair scheduling policies are not a focus of this work. Read Mayor Betsy Hodges’ statement about shifting the focus of the Working Families Agenda. 

Sept. 18, 2015

The City of Minneapolis is focused on improving working conditions for workers, especially low-income workers, in Minneapolis.

In April of 2015, the City Council passed a resolution to create a workgroup to develop policy proposals around three key issues that low-income workers are facing: fair scheduling, earned sick time, and wage theft.

The benefits of fair scheduling and earned sick time, and guarding against wage theft, should be available to as many workers in Minneapolis as possible.

City staff have researched what other peer cities have done in regard to fair scheduling, earned sick time and wage theft. They’ve also reached out to community advocates and the University of Minnesota for their input.

Proposals for fair scheduling, earned sick time and wage theft prevention will include many detailed provisions, all of which are still being determined, including the proper mechanisms within City government for any necessary enforcement.

Staff and elected officials have begun sharing these draft proposals with those that will be most affected – business owners and workers. Understanding the impact these proposals will have on businesses and workers will help achieve the best outcomes for all.

The City Attorney’s office is drafting ordinances now. These will be reviewed by staff and with stakeholders to understand potential impacts on employees and businesses, and then shared more broadly for additional feedback.

Following outreach to affected parties a recommendation will be presented to the City Council in the 4th quarter of 2015. 

The City of Minneapolis has also created a workgroup to develop a recommendation for studying the effects of establishing a minimum wage both regionally and locally.

City staff has researched minimum wage studies in other peer cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

The minimum wage workgroup is expected to bring a recommendation for a study to the City Council in September.

Further Information

Last updated Oct 27, 2015

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