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Public hearing July 29 for Minneapolis wage theft law

From the Minneapols Labor Review, July 26, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS — Monday, July 29 is set for a public hearing on a proposed local wage theft ordinance for the city of Minneapolis. The hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis City Council Chambers, Room 317 at City Hall, 350 S. 5th St.

Beginning at 12 noon just before the hearing, the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council plans a rally and barbecue to support the ordinance outside Minneapolis City Hall on 4th Ave. South (see story).

The local wage theft ordinance follows the 2019 enactment of stronger state laws to combat wage theft.

The co-authors of the local ordinance are City Council Members Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4), Steve Fletcher (Ward 3) and Linea Palmisano (Ward 13).

The proposed ordinance, in findings outlining its purpose, states: “Research shows that nearly half of hourly workers in the City are directly affected by the underpayment or nonpayment of wages. The most vulnerable low wage workers are the most likely to be affected by wage theft.”

The findings state further:  “Research shows that wage theft disproportionately affects low wage workers of color.”

The ordinance outlines new measures employers must take to document wage records and establishes fines for employers who fail to comply with reporting requirements and who fail to pay promised wages.

Click here for the text of the proposed ordinance.

Minneapolis to consider local wage theft ordinance
(Minneapolis Labor Review, 6-26-2019)



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