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Navigating Minnesota’s 3 paid sick and safe time laws

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Duluth recently became the third Minnesota city to enact a paid sick and safe time ordinance, following the lead of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Duluth’s ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. It differs in key ways from its Twin Cities cousins’.

Who is covered?

Duluth’s ordinance covers private employers with five or more employees. They do not have to work in Duluth for the employer to be covered.

Employees are covered if they:

  1. Work in Duluth more than 50% of their working time in a year or
  2. Are based in Duluth, spend a substantial part of time working in Duluth and do not spend more than 50% of their working time working in any other particular location.

“Substantial” is not defined, leaving employers to guess about who is covered.

The Minneapolis ordinance covers all employers, but permits those with fewer than six employees to provide unpaid leave. St. Paul’s ordinance covers all private employers...(register to read more)

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