Minneapolis Paid Sick Leave

On May 27, 2016, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. Effective July 1, 2017, the ordinance requires employers with six or more employees to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for each 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year. Employees must work at least 80 hours a year to be eligible. Employers with five or fewer employees will also be required to provide up to 48 hours of unpaid sick leave to employees.

Sick leave may be taken for:

  • The physical or mental illness, injury, or health condition of the employee or a covered family member, including the need for medical diagnosis, care, treatment, or preventative care;
  • Treatment, counseling, relocation, or legal proceedings associated with instances of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking relating to the employee or a covered family member;
  • Care for a covered family member whose school or place of care has been closed due to inclement weather, loss of power or utilities, or other unexpected closure; or
  • The closure of the employee’s place of business or the need to care for a covered family member whose school or place of care has been closed due to a public health emergency.

Employees can begin using accrued time 90 calendar days following commencement of their employment. Employers may require reasonable documentation of the need for leave under the law for absences of more than three consecutive days.

Read the Ordinance

Human Rights Act – Requirements for Disability Discrimination Claims Related to Architectural Barriers

On May 22, 2016, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation (H.B. 2617) amending Minnesota’s Human Rights Act. The law adds new provisions to the act governing lawsuits related to claims for violations of the act regarding architectural and communication barriers in public accommodations. The law also amends the statute of limitations related to these cases, requires attorneys to send demand letters in these cases, provides affirmative defenses for defendants in these cases, and creates a statutory short form for the demand letter.

The law went into effect on May 23, 2016.

Read MN H.F. 2955

Modifications to AWAIR Program

On May 19, 2016, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation (H.B. 2733) amending the A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) program. The law repeals the provision requiring specified actions by employers with 51 or fewer employees.

The law goes into effect on August 1, 2016.

Read MN H.F. 2733