A troubling new trend is emerging across Minnesota as cities are enacting their own workplace mandates. Minneapolis and St. Paul have passed ordinances scheduled to go into effect July 1 that require businesses to provide paid sick time. The specifics of the mandates are different in each city. In Duluth, a task force is studying the issue and scheduled to make its recommendation in November. It’s only a matter of time before the movement comes to a city near you.
Minnesota has 853 cities and 87 counties - do we want that many local employer mandates? As a business owner, you can imagine the administrative headaches complying with a patchwork of local mandates, especially if you have facilities in multiple locations. Think about the impact on employees, too. Under new city mandates employees would have to receive different benefits depending on the location where they work, making it more expensive and cumbersome to provide employees with flexibility. Differing local laws could have a direct impact on their paycheck.
Employers and employees are best served by consistent statewide laws governing wages, benefits, and scheduling.
Contact the Governor and tell him to support uniform state labor standards.
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