City passes landmark sick and safe time ordinance
The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges approved a new ordinance that allows paid sick and safe time for most workers within the city limits. Phased enforcement begins July 1, 2017. Currently, four out of 10 Minneapolis workers lack access to paid sick time.
With some exceptions, the new ordinance governs employers with six or more employees and employees who work at least 80 hours a year in Minneapolis. Requirements include:
- Workers may use sick and safe time for their own health and certain family members’ health.
- Victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking may use sick and safe time to receive medical treatment and other necessary services.
- Workers must be compensated at the same rate they would have been paid if they worked the missed shift.
- Workers will accrue one hour of sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked and can carry over accrued but unused sick time to the next year.
- Workers may use sick time to stay home with a child if school is cancelled because of a health emergency or weather conditions.
With this ordinance, the City takes a critical step in preserving and protecting safety, health and general welfare. The City Council found that paid leave is a key contributor to healthy individuals, families and communities, which are the foundation of well-functioning societies. Paid leave creates the opportunity for family members to both earn a living and to provide care for their loved ones.
Paid sick and safe time is intended to:
- Ensure that workers can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.
- Reduce public and private health care costs by enabling workers to seek early and routine medical care for themselves and their family members.
- Protect workers from losing their jobs while they use sick days.
- Safeguard the public welfare, health, safety and prosperity of Minneapolis’ residents, workers and visitors.
Published May 31, 2016