The Minneapolis Workplace Partnership has scheduled six upcoming “listening sessions” in January of 2016 regarding the Minneapolis City Council’s proposed paid sick leave ordinance.

The Workplace Partnership is a group of 19 individuals selected to represent four constituencies:  (i) employees, especially low-wage earners; (ii) organized labor associations; (iii) employers, including large and small businesses and immigrant-owned businesses; and (iv) business groups and associations.  The Workplace Partnership is tasked with studying the impact of the paid sick leave proposal, engaging with the community about the issue, and providing a report with policy proposals to the Minneapolis City Council by February 24, 2016.

The six upcoming listening sessions include the following:

  • 6, 2016: Latino Employees and Employers – 6 – 7:30 p.m., Mercado Central – Second Floor, 1515 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
  • 7, 2016: Manufacturing/Construction – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Minneapolis Labor Center, Room TBD, 312 Central Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
  • 14, 2016: Small Businesses – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
  • 14, 2016: Downtown-based Businesses – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Minneapolis Downtown Council, Skyline Conference Room, 81 South 9th Street, Suite 260, Minneapolis, MN 55402.
  • 17, 2016: Hospitality/Service Industry – 7 – 8:30 p.m., Aster Café – River Room, 125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
  • 28, 2016: Public Health/Health Care – 2 – 4 p.m., Allina Commons, Pettingill Hall (lower level), 2925 Chicago Ave S., Minneapolis MN, 55407.

Takeaway:  Employers who feel strongly about the paid sick leave proposal currently under consideration by the Minneapolis City Council should consider attending one or more of the upcoming listening sessions for the Workplace Partnership.