Our families face real challenges in an economy that is titled against hardworking Minnesotans. While dual-income families and single-headed households are increasingly the norm, workplace policies haven't caught up. I introduced the Working Parents Act (HF1093) in the Minnesota Legislature to restore balance for working Minnesotans and provide greater opportunity and economic security to millions of Minnesotans.
The Working Parents Act aims to improve workplace policies for families who often face impossible choices between caring for a sick child or ill loved one and earning a paycheck. The Act includes five legislative proposals:
*Earned Sick and Safe Time: Over 1 million working Minnesotans lack access to paid sick time. The Working Parents Act would guarantee Minnesota workers have access to earned sick and safe time to care for themselves, a sick child, or a loved one, or to seek services due to domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault.
*Paid Family Leave: Only 13% of Minnesotans have access to paid family leave, meaning workers are often forced to choose between their families and their jobs. The Working Parents Act would create an insurance program to provide all Minnesota employees with a percentage of their wages for up to 6 weeks so they can afford to take time off to bond with a new child, care for an elder or seriously-ill family member, or deal with pregnancy-related health concerns.
*Putting a Stop to Wage Theft: Wage theft occurs when workers are denied overtime pay, refused pay for hours worked, or paid less than the minimum wage. The Working Parents Act would crack down on wage theft by increasing penalties for wage theft, extending the statute of limitations on all wage theft to 6 years, and protecting workers from employer retaliation.
*Scheduling Fairness and Flexibility: Many Minnesota workers lack a predictable work schedule which can affect economic security and stability for families. The Working Parents Act would ensure more predictability in scheduling for workers, limit last-minute or on-call shifts, and protect workers from employer retaliation.
*Tip Fairness for Servers: Several Minnesota restaurants in recent years have deducted the cost of credit and debit card transaction fees from servers’ tips. The Working Parents Act would prohibit businesses from deducting credit card processing fees from tips that are earned by servers and make sure that tips given by a customer go into the pockets of hardworking Minnesotans.
Join me in standing up for hardworking Minnesotans. Support the Working Parents Act and fairer workplaces for all of us.
Posted on Sun, February 22, 2015
by Kate Perushek