Big Minneapolis Businesses Come out against Sick-leave/Schedule Proposals

Update: Minneapolis leaders scrap workplace scheduling proposals.


In our recent blogs, we have been following the city of Minneapolis’ push for fair scheduling and sick leave.  In our blog, published on October 7th, we talked about the announcement of the changes to the proposal as a result of small businesses coming out against the proposed changes. 

Now, Minneapolis may have a bigger problem to face as some of its largest companies are also mobilizing against it.  On Tuesday October 13th, 80 members of the Minnesota Business Partnership, which includes Target, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, and Mayo Clinic, now agree that they must defeat the set of proposals.  The group claims that the proposals are not only harmful to businesses, but also to the employees.  The businesses are also united in the belief that these new proposals may also force businesses to move out of Minneapolis.

 Working Families Agenda Proposal

 Sick Time

 -       Required for any employer with one or more employees, unless a collective bargaining agreement states an exception.

-       One hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 72 hours per year for employers with at least 21 employees, 40 hours a year for smaller businesses.

-       Permitted uses include illness, preventive care, sexual assault, domestic abuse, stalking.


-       Affects all employees, except those covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

-       Initial proposal required employers to provide schedules 28 days, and notify of any changes 24 hours in advance.  More recently, the proposal’s authors have said a 14-day scheduling requirement seems more workable.

-       Employers must pay one hour of “predictable pay” each time they adjust a worker’s schedule.

-       Employers must pay employees for at least for hours if a shift is changed or canceled with less than 24 hours’ notice.

-       Employers must pay time and a half for employees who get less than 11 hours off between shifts, work more than 55 hours per week or more than 6 days in a row.

-       Employees have right to request a flexible schedule and requests for caregiving, serious health issues, educational pursuits and second jobs.