Currently, Senate File 2 (SF2) is moving through the Minnesota State Senate. We are asking Senator Rob Kupec of District 4, who is a member of this committee, to oppose this bill, in an effort to keep payroll taxes low and to protect small and medium-sized businesses from burdensome mandates.
As a brief summary, this bill would establish a statewide mandatory paid leave program, requiring businesses to allow every employee up to 24 weeks off per year for paid leave (12 weeks of paid medical leave and 12 weeks of paid family leave). Like unemployment insurance, employers would pay into a state fund via an increase in payroll taxes to fund the program which then would provide qualified employees with up to 90% wage reimbursement. Additionally, employees on leave are entitled to reinstatement following the leave in a position with equivalent seniority, status, benefits, pay, duties, etc. Under the current language, the only exemption for businesses is if the businesses privately provide this benefit to their employees and the benefit meets or exceeds the state’s program benefits. Attached is more information from the Minnesota State Chamber.
The FMWF Chamber believes this bill would be detrimental to businesses across the state and especially the businesses in our communities, given our proximity to North Dakota.
We encourage your organization to join The Chamber and urge Senator Kupec to OPPOSE Senate File 2. Given the expedited nature and gravity of this bill, we are asking all individuals, organizations, and businesses please review the following letter and sign on below by entering your information.
Review and sign on to the letter
(SF2 summary | SF2 full bill)
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