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St. Paul City Council to consider new labor division with minimum wage increase looming

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July 18, 2019

The St. Paul City Council will consider creating a new level of administration to educate the public and enforce the provisions of the citywide minimum wage law going into effect next year.

Council Members Dai Thao, Rebecca Noecker and Jane Prince introduced an administrative ordinance Wednesday that seeks to create a new division within the Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity department.


The Labor Standards Enforcement and Education Division would help businesses prepare for the city’s higher minimum wage and publish information online about the city’s labor standards laws.

The proposal also calls for an advisory team and annual studies to help city officials understand the effects of labor policies like minimum wage and earned sick and safe time.

The council will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposal Aug. 7 at City Hall.

The council in November unanimously agreed to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The city’s largest employers must pay that rate by July 2022, the smallest by July 2027.

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