Minneapolis approves paid sick-leave

The ordinance will take effect July 1, 2017.

Ryan Faircloth

The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously approved an ordinance that will provide paid sick and safe time for most Minneapolis workers.

The vote at Friday’s council meeting drew cheers and a standing ovation from supporters at the meeting. The ordinance has been opposed by some business owners who say the requirement will hurt business in the city.

The mandate will require all businesses with six or more employees to allow workers to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, with a maximum accrual of 48 hours per year. The measure will take effect on July 1, 2017.

If hours are carried over into the next year, maximum accrual of paid sick time will be capped at 80 hours.

The passage of the ordinance makes Minneapolis the first city in Minnesota to provide paid sick and safe time for most of its workers.

At the meeting, Ward 3 Councilman Jacob Frey voiced his support of the ordinance, and said he believes it will help get people out of poverty.

“This ordinance, simply put, will help people, period,” he said at Friday’s meeting. “It’ll help people with the foundation that will give rise to themselves.”