City Council Approves Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance

Aug. 8, 2019 (MINNEAPOLIS) To help prevent wage theft and promote payroll best practices in Minneapolis, the City has adopted parts of the state’s new wage theft law into local ordinance. This ordinance will provide workers in Minneapolis with an additional avenue to recover unpaid wages through enforcement by the City’s Civil Rights Department.

Under the ordinance and state law, employers must adhere to a regularly scheduled payday, provide employees with pre-hire notices of employment terms and conditions and earnings statements at the end of each pay period.

The City has posted additional information and preliminary FAQ’s on a new wage theft website, complementing the State of MN effort, and other new municipal labor standards, including the City’s minimum wage and sick and safe time ordinances. The state’s wage theft law is currently effective and the City ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The City’s ordinance goes further than the state wage theft law by requiring employers to include an employee’s current balance of available sick and safe time hours on all earnings statements. The ordinance also requires the following on pre-hire notices, in addition to state law requirements: the date when employment begins, a notice regarding sick and safe time rights, a statement that tip sharing is voluntary under state law (where applicable) and relevant overtime policies.