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Minneapolis' minimum wage to increase July 1

Abdi Isaaq

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The minimum wage in Minneapolis is going up starting on July 1, 2021.

The hourly wage increases to $12.50 at small businesses and $14.25 at larger companies. The decision is a part of the city’s support to the economy that includes everyone. Previously, the minimum wage was $11.75 at small businesses and $13.25 at large businesses.

This ordinance defines small businesses as those with 100 or fewer employees and large businesses with more than 100 employees. However, tips and gratuities do not count as payment of a minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to full-time jobs.

Workers who currently are in a city-approved training or apprenticeship program will also experience the increase, though some regulation applies differently for employees-in-training who are under 20 years old. In that case, a company must pay 85% of the minimum wage for the first 90-days of the training job, and pay in full minimum wage after that.

The enforcement of the municipal minimum wage will be under the supervision of the City’s Department of Civil Rights. Any violations can be reported through http://minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov/report-a-violation.html and workers who report will receive assistance and protection against retaliation.

This minimum wage increase will directly benefit tens of thousands of families and will affect the economy positively. The ordinance supports the City’s goals in promoting economic inclusivity and reducing the racial and economic gap. Currently, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is independently conducting a comprehensive study of economic impacts.

For more information about the ordinance, visit the City’s website at https://www.minneapolismn.gov/business-services/working-in-minneapolis/minimum-wage/.

For additional questions, call 311 or email minwage@minneapolismn.gov.

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