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S.F. No. 580 - Uniformity of State Labor Standards for Private Employers
Author: Senator Jeremy R. Miller
Prepared By: Carlon D. Fontaine, Senate Counsel (651/296-4395)
Date: February 6, 2017


Section 1 [Title] titles the act as the “Uniform State Labor Standards Act.”

Section 2 [Express preemption; uniformity of private employer mandates], subdivision 1 [definitions] provides definitions of “employer” and “local government” for purposes of the act.

Subdivision 2 [Express preemption] prohibits local governments from adopting or enforcing four types of regulations: (1) a minimum wage higher than the state minimum wage; (2) a requirement that a private employer provide paid or unpaid leave; (3) a regulation relating private employee work hours or scheduling; and (4) a requirement that a private employer provide particular benefits, terms of employment, or working conditions.

Subdivision 3 [Local governments as employers and contractors] clarifies that the section does not prohibit local governments from: (1) setting wages, benefits, terms, and employment policies for local government employees; (2) agreeing to contract terms that require certain wages, benefits, terms of employment, or attendance policies be provided to private employees; or (3) requiring the employment terms in contracts for which the local government provides financial assistance.

[Effective date] provides an effective date for the act of the day following final enactment and makes the prohibition applicable to local government policies enacted on or after January 1, 2016.


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