Panel studying paid sick time policies holding listening sessions

A 15-member task force charged with making recommendations on paid sick time proposals for workers in Minneapolis is holding several listening sessions this month.

The new Workplace Partnership is scheduled to report back to the City Council on Feb. 24 with recommendations on possible paid sick time policies.

The schedule is as follows:

— Jan. 6: Latino employees and employers, 6–7:30 p.m. at Mercado Central, second floor, 1515 E. Lake St.?
— Jan. 7: Manufacturing/construction, 4:30–6:30 p.m.? at Minneapolis Labor Center, 312 Central Ave. ?
— Jan. 14:  Small business, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St. ?
— Jan. 14: Downtown-based businesses,? 4:30–6:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Skyline Conference Room,? 81 S. 9th St., Suite 260 ?
—Jan. 17: Hospitality/service industry, ?7–8:30 p.m. at Aster Café’s River Room, 125 SE Main St. ?
— Jan. 19: Franchise businesses, 3:30–5 p.m. at Pearl Park, 414 E. Diamond Lake Rd.
— Jan. 20: African-American employees and employers, 5–6 p.m. at the Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N.
— Jan. 21: General public, 6:30–8 p.m., Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.
— Jan. 28: Public health/health care, 2–4 p.m. at Allina Commons’ Pettingill Hall (lower level), 2925 Chicago Ave. S.

Additional listening sessions will be scheduled as well. For more information, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/workplacepartnership.

The City Council voted unanimously Oct. 23 to create the Workplace Partnership after tabling discussions on policy proposals that grew out of Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Working Families Agenda. Policies calling for advance notice of schedules for workers and paid sick time for all employees at Minneapolis businesses faced pushback from some business leaders.

About 40 percent of the city’s workers lack paid sick time and they are disproportionately low-wage workers of color.