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.

Public Hearing Notice: Annual License Fee Adjustment

Date:  July 30, 2019

Time: 1:30 pm or shortly after

Location: Minneapolis City Hall, Room 317 – 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN  55415

Purpose: The Economic Development and Regulatory Services Committee of the Minneapolis City Council will consider adjusting fees listed on the License Fee Schedule.  Staff is recommending a 2% inflationary adjustment, rounding each license to the nearest $5, for fees on the License Fee Schedule. Licenses excluded from the inflationary increase are listed below:

  • Pet adoption fees
  • Fees with state statutory limits (some of the liquor licenses, vending machines)
  • Some licenses and permits for charitable organizations/purposes
  • Taxis

Here is a copy of the 2020 proposed license fees (June 21, 2019).

You are invited to attend, express your opinions, and/or submit such in writing by contacting:  or 612-673-2083.

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats, contact the Licenses and Consumer Services Division at 612-673-2080.  People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 or 612-673-3000.  TTY users call 612-673-2157.

Information in Other Languages:  Para asistencia 612-673-2700 – Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 – Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.