Minnesota legislature acts to preempt city mandated employee leave and minimum wage.

Committees of both the Minnesota House and Senate approved bills that would override the Minneapolis and St. Paul “Sick and Safe Leave” ordinances that are set to take effect July 1, 2017. The bill, called the “Uniform State Labor Standards Act” prevents local governments from “adopting, enforcing or administering” any type of laws that would require employers to provide paid or unpaid leave or a higher minimum wage than what is mandated statewide.
If the bill becomes law, it applies to any local ordinances created on or after January 1, 2016, making the Sick and Safe Leave laws passed by Minneapolis and St. Paul unenforceable. It would also negate the efforts of the Minneapolis City Council to increase the minimum wage for people who work in Minneapolis.
The current minimum wage for Minnesota employees of large employers is $9.50 an hour and the minimum wage required for Minnesota employees of small employers is $7.75 an hour.

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