Sick leave ordinance triggers lawsuit against Mpls.

Suing over paid sick time

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is suing the city of Minneapolis over its paid sick leave ordinance.

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously in May to require employers with six or more workers to provide paid time off for sick leave. The rule takes effect July 1, 2017. Currently, about 42 percent of people who work in Minneapolis don't earn sick leave.

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce maintains that the ordinance conflicts with state law. The lawsuit asks a judge to prevent the city from enforcing the ordinance.

Chamber President Doug Loon says the group opposes "one-size-fits-all mandates" and believes employers should have the ability to develop their own paid leave policies.

 “The Minnesota Chamber supports businesses providing their employees with flexible, paid options for providing care to their families,” President Doug Loon said. “We oppose one-sizefits-all mandates, though. We believe employers should have the ability to develop paid leave policies that work for individual workplaces.”   

Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal said the city is confident it will be able to defend the ordinance.


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