The City Council is considering an earned sick and safe leave ordinance for workers at Bloomington businesses. An earned sick and safe leave ordinance would require employers operating in Bloomington to provide some amount of paid sick and safe leave to employees. Three of Minnesota’s largest cities—Duluth, Saint Paul and Minneapolis—have already adopted similar ordinances.
“For the past couple of years, a number of councilmembers have shared their concern about the inequities experienced by workers who do not have a right to take time off from their jobs when their personal or family circumstances require it,” Mayor Tim Busse said. “Going through a pandemic only heightened that concern as we’ve seen disparities in how the virus has affected people working in service industries that don’t often have the benefit of paid time off.”
Last year, the City Council directed staff to conduct research on the topic and return with an outline for how the City might consider such a policy. The City Council decided to form a working group with stakeholders representing employees and employers in Bloomington that would study the issue through the summer and fall. The group will bring a recommendation to the Council toward the end of the year. Visit blm.mn/letstalk for opportunities to share your feedback.