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Minneapolis Paid Sick and Safe Time Now Applies to Employers Outside the City

Monday, April 29, 2019   (0 Comments)
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By: Attorney Caitlin M. Andersen

On Monday, April 29, 2019, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued its ruling regarding the Minneapolis Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance (“Ordinance”).  In this most recent judicial ruling in the challenge to the Ordinance, the Court affirmed that state law does not preempt the Ordinance.  Overturning previous lower-court decisions, the Court determined that the Ordinance can be enforced on employers outside the geographic boundaries of the City of Minneapolis.  

The Ordinance, which went into effect on July 1, 2017, requires employers to provide paid sick and safe leave to employees working within Minneapolis.  In October 2016, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, along with other employers and business associations, challenged the Ordinance.  In the initial stages of the lawsuit, the City was prohibited from enforcing the Ordinance against employers with business locations outside the geographic bounds of Minneapolis via a temporary injunction. 

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