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City asks for input on sick leave plan

Details about how Minneapolis will enforce its new citywide sick leave ordinance are available for public comment until May 1.

The ordinance, approved last year, guarantees time off for full-time, part-time and temporary employees, including paid interns. The law is scheduled to go into effect July 1.

The sick leave ordinance applies to most employers in the city. Those with six or more employees must provide paid sick leave, while those with five or fewer employees can provide unpaid time off.

Under the ordinance, employees will accrue one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours of leave per year. Employees can use the time for themselves or to take care of certain family members in the event of illness or to deal with an emergency such as domestic violence.

Possible violations can be reported to the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, which has the power to investigate and impose fines and other penalties on employers found to have violated the ordinance.

Rules and guidance explaining how the ordinance works are available online at www.minneapolismn.gov/sicktimeinfo. Members of the public can e-mail comments and questions to sicktimeinfo@minneapolismn.gov.

 
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