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  • Bloomington Becomes the Fourth City in Minnesota to Require Paid Sick and Safe Leave

    The City of Bloomington, Minnesota is the latest city in Minnesota to join the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth in enacting an Earned Sick and Safe Leave ordinance (ORDINANCE NO. 2022-31). The Ordinance, which largely mirrors the requirements of the City of Minneapolis’ Sick and Safe Time Ordinance goes into effect on July... Continue Reading
    June 28, 2022
  • Duluth, Minnesota Adds Permitted Uses, Notice, Enforcement to Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

    Employers covered by the Duluth, Minnesota Sick and Safe Time ordinance will need to revisit relevant policies in light of amendments that will become effective August 19, 2021. The mayor signed File # 21-023-O (which the Duluth City Council unanimously passed on July 19, 2021), amending the Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance to expand... Continue Reading
    August 6, 2021
  • Minnesota Legislature Amends Lactation Breaks and Pregnancy Accommodation Provisions

    As part of the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Bill, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has approved an amendment relating to pregnancy accommodations and barring reducing compensation for lactation breaks, among other changes. The amendment goes into effect on January 1, 2022. Under Minnesota law, employers must provide employees who need to express... Continue Reading
    July 9, 2021
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Minneapolis Sick and Safe Ordinance

    The Minnesota Supreme Court (5-2) has upheld the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, ruling state law does not preempt the Ordinance, and it can apply to employers who are located outside of the City. Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. City of Minneapolis, No. A18-0771 (Minn. June 10, 2020). Read more here. Following... Continue Reading
    June 23, 2020
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Holds Minneapolis Minimum Wage Ordinance to Be Lawful

    The Minnesota Supreme Court, the state’s highest appellate court, has upheld a minimum wage ordinance enacted by the City of Minneapolis in 2017, providing for a higher minimum wage than that provided by state law. Graco, Inc. v. City of Minneapolis, 2020 Minn. App. LEXIS 12 (Minn. Jan. 20, 2020). In June 2017, the Minneapolis...… Continue Reading
    January 23, 2020
  • How to Prepare for Duluth, Minnesota’s Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

    The City of Duluth, Minnesota’s Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (ESST) will go into effect on January 1, 2020, and employers should be preparing for compliance. The ESST applies to any individual, corporation, partnership, association, nonprofit organization, or group of people that has at least five employees, whether or not all of the employees work... Continue Reading
    December 16, 2019
  • Minnesota Appeals Court Upholds Minneapolis Minimum Wage Ordinance

    The Court of Appeals of Minnesota, the state’s intermediate appellate court, has upheld a minimum wage ordinance enacted by the City of Minneapolis in 2017, providing for a higher minimum wage than that provided by state law. Graco, Inc. v. City of Minneapolis, 2019 Minn. App. LEXIS 84 (Minn. Ct. App. Mar. 4, 2019). Following...… Continue Reading
    March 8, 2019
  • Here’s a Tip, Minnesota: Discharging Employees for Refusing to Share Gratuities is Prohibited

    Discharging an employee for refusing to share tips is illegal under the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA), according to the Supreme Court of Minnesota.  Burt v. Rackner, Inc., 2017 Minn. LEXIS 629 (Minn. Oct. 11, 2017).  In Burt the plaintiff, who was employed as a bartender, was told that he needed to give more...… Continue Reading
    October 17, 2017