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    Deb McMillan, Director of Government Affairs
    TwinWest Chamber of Commerce

    Plymouth, MN (October 14, 2016)  Today the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court against the City of Minneapolis, challenging Minneapolis’ paid sick time ordinance as unlawful on the grounds that it conflicts with existing state law and seeks to regulate an area of statewide concern.  TwinWest Chamber of Commerce is a co-plaintiff in the suit, along with Graco Inc., the Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association, Otogawa-Anschel General Contractors and Consultants LLC, and the National Federation of Independent Business. The wide range of plaintiffs demonstrates the broad, overreaching impacts of the ordinance. 
    “The business of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce is to protect the interests of the business community we represent,” stated Deb McMillan, Director of Government Affairs for TwinWest Chamber.  “The Minneapolis ordinance creates a patchwork of regulatory mandates in our regional marketplace, causing an unworkable, administrative burden on businesses who, though not based in Minneapolis, may be doing business within city borders.  For example, businesses visiting clients, delivering flowers, or attending a trade show at the Convention Center must now track the amount of time spent within Minneapolis borders.  Once the employee logs 80 hours working in the City of Minneapolis, they are now eligible to receive paid sick time.  The implications and unintended consequences of this ordinance not only make it unlawful, it is also unworkable.” 
    Minnesota businesses value their employees.  In today’s tight labor market, businesses need the flexibility to create the best wage and benefit package that works for both the employer and the employee.  One-size-fits all mandates like Minneapolis’ sick and save leave ordinance stifle that ability.
    The suit is asking the court to strike down the ordinance and seeks a temporary injunction preventing the ordinance from going into effect or being enforced.  
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