Minimum wage rules and FAQs available

Public comment period open through Nov. 17

The City of Minneapolis has drafted minimum wage frequently asked questions and rules documents to provide guidance on the general rights and responsibilities of employers and employees for the City’s minimum wage ordinance. The FAQs and rules are now available for public review and comment through Nov. 17.

The City’s Municipal Minimum Wage Ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. There will be a tiered phase-in period for small and large businesses. Large businesses that employ more than 100 workers will be required to pay employees a minimum of $10 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Small businesses with 100 or fewer employees will be required to pay workers at least $10.25 beginning July 1, 2018.

Large businesses have until July 1, 2022 to reach a minimum wage of $15 an hour and small businesses have until July 1, 2024 to reach $15 an hour.

Public comments about the clarity and substance of information in the FAQs and rules documents can be emailed to through Nov. 17. Questions about the frequently asked questions should include “FAQs” in the subject line of the email. Questions about the rules should include “rules” in the subject line of the email. Feedback can also be submitted in person at Minneapolis City Hall, room 239, 350 S. Fifth St.

People can find more information and resources at the City’s new minimum wage website: Resources include a downloadable poster giving notice to employees about Minneapolis labor and employment rights. The poster must be displayed in workplaces across Minneapolis by Jan. 1.

The City Council’s Committee of the Whole is scheduled to hear recommendations from City staff about the application of the minimum wage ordinance to non-hospitalized, residential health care workers and youth job training programs Oct. 18, 2017.