Minneapolis has become the first city in Minnesota to require most employers to offer paid sick leave to workers.
It probably won’t be the last. On Friday, Minneapolis city council gave unanimous approval to an ordinance that creates a mechanism by which the city will enforce paid sick leave rules on workplaces of six or more employees.
In an amendment to the ordinance that was included by the council’s committee of the whole on Thursday, the city will also require that smaller workplaces allow workers to accrue and take unpaid leave for illnesses, medical appointments or to care for sick family members.
Just five months after an acrimonious city budget debate that left the council divided, the 13-member council has now mustered unanimous support for a pair of policies many members called historic. The paid leave plan follows by less than a month the unanimous adoption of a 20-year funding plan for parks and streets.
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