• New Paid Sick/Safety Leave Affects Most Employees who Work More than 80 Hours per year in Minneapolis
  • September 9, 2016 | Author: Mary M. O'Brien
  • Law Firm: Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P. - Minneapolis Office
  • On May 27, 2016, the Minneapolis City Council passed a new ordinance that affects employers with six or more employees working in Minneapolis. This includes contractors with employees working on projects located in Minneapolis. The ordinance provides that an employee accrues one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours of accrued leave per year. These paid leave hours can carry over to the next year, up to a total of 80 accrued hours. An employee can use the leave for their own or a qualifying family member's mental and physical illness, injury, or diagnostic or preventive care.

    Of note is the fact that the ordinance applies to employees who work in Minneapolis even if the employer is not located in Minneapolis. In addition, the law applies to workers who work in the city only on a sporadic basis, so long as they spend 80 or more hours per year working in the city. These employees, such as contractor laborers, drivers or service/repair workers, accumulate paid leave for each hour worked in Minneapolis.

    The new ordinance is effective July 1, 2017. Employers are advised to start evaluating how the new ordinance may affect their company. Those employers who have workers who travel in and out of Minneapolis during their workday will need to consider options for tracking time spent in the city.