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Workforce Proposals in Minneapolis Draw IFA Ire


The IFA wants Franchise Action Network members to protest new workforce proposals in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis is newly in the sights of the International Franchise Association, which is blasting proposals by the city to require employers to pay sick time and to publish schedules 28 days in advance.

“Now, it is more important than ever that we contact your City Council member and express your concerns with these problematic and one-sided proposals,” said an email today urging action by Minneapolis FANS, or members of the Franchise Action Network organized by the IFA.

The IFA wants to keep “the City of Minneapolis out of employee-employer relationships, leading to unworkable business relationships,” the email said.

The message includes a letter from the Workforce Fairness Coalition, a group of businesses, non-profits and associations “committed to keeping Minneapolis an innovative, progressive workforce leader.”

“We no longer live in a municipal or regional economy. People have the ability to live and work anywhere in the world,” the letter said. “Minneapolis employers and employees must continue to have the ability to be innovative in developing progressive workplaces or we risk losing talented people.”

The proposals, which supporters say would help low-wage workers and families, require all businesses located in the city and employing more than one employee to provide one hour of earned time off for every 30 hours worked. Employers with over 21 employees must allow employees to accrue up to 72 hours (9 days sick time off) in a calendar year. Employers with fewer than 21 employees must allow employees to accrue up to 40 hours (5 days sick time off.)

The city’s cheduling proposals include “predictability pay” of one hour for each employer-initiated change to the schedule, which must be posted 28 days in advance. Also, all employers must offer current employees more hours before hiring new or temporary employees, under the proposals.

Minneapolis is the latest city to draw attention from the IFA, following New York City, Seattle and Chicago, among others, over mandated minimum wage and other workplace proposals.

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