Minneapolis Paid Sick-Leave Temporary Injunction Granted

In our blog on May 27, 2016, we reported that the Minneapolis City Council had unanimously approved an ordinance that would require nearly all employers within the Minneapolis city limits to provide paid sick-leave to employees effective on July 1, 2017.  The ordinance required that businesses with 6 or more employees to provide 1 hour of sick leave per 30 hours worked to employees (48 hours per year).

On Thursday January 19, 2017, Hennepin County Judge Mel Dickstein ruled that the sick leave law can move forward.  However, he issued a temporary injunction that blocks the city of Minneapolis from enforcing the sick leave law to companies that are based outside of Minneapolis.  This temporary injunction means that the sick leave ordinance will still go into effect for Minneapolis employers who are based in the city, however it will be reviewed and officials will determine which companies must comply.

The Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce had requested the injunction, arguing that the ordinance conflicted with and was pre-empted by state law, and also was an example of local government overreach.  Judge Mel Dickstein only agreed with the last part.  Lawyers of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce plan to appeal the judge’s decision on the requests that were denied.

For further information about this injunction, click here.