Last Friday evening, the conference committee on Jobs, Economic Development and Labor reached an agreement on their omnibus bill, which includes $1.4 billion in spending. Most importantly, the bill includes two priority bills for Hospitality Minnesota, which are:
· $250,000 appropriation grant for ProStart and Hospitality Tourism Management program.
· $350,000 to establish an online hospitality training program and $25,000 each year after for program maintenance.
The bill includes many other provisions, most notably the Earned Sick and Safe Time provision. Employees will earn 1 hour of earned sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked, with a cap of 80 hours at any given time. This will go into effect January 1, 2024.
Additionally, the bill includes various labor provisions that will impact some business operations such as no poach agreements, elimination of non-compete clauses, a captive audience ban and more. The bill is up in the Senate today for passage and will then move to the House and Governor’s desk.
Follow as we advocate for the hospitality industry at the local, state and federal levels. This work has been a hallmark of the Association for decades, and will continue to be a core benefit of membership.