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More amendments offered to time-off ordinance

An ordinance that would require employers in Duluth to provide workers with paid time off to deal with family illnesses or emergencies will be up for a second reading and a possible vote by the Duluth City Council Monday night.

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An ordinance that would require employers in Duluth to provide workers with paid time off to deal with family illnesses or emergencies will be up for a second reading and a possible vote by the Duluth City Council Monday night.

But two amendments will be offered to the ordinance that night, as well, and if either of them is adopted, the new rules will have to wait until May 29 before the city councilors can vote whether to enact them.

The complicated ordinance has undergone a lot of surgery since it was first introduced in March. The changes to be proposed Monday will be the 17th and 18th amendments formally offered, to date.

At present, the ordinance would provide workers with one hour of earned sick or safe time off for every 40 hours of service, but 1st District Councilor Gary Anderson proposes to change that to one hour off for every 50 hours of time worked, explaining that accrual rate strikes him as more acceptable, reasonable and equitable to everyone.

Meanwhile, Council President Elissa Hansen will offer another amendment defining a seasonal employee as anyone who takes a job with the full knowledge that it will last for 120 days or less and stipulating that such an employee would not be entitled to paid time off under the policy.

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The proposed ordinance would apply to employers with five or more workers if it is passed in its current form.

Peter Passi covers city government for the Duluth News Tribune. He joined the paper in April 2000, initially as a business reporter but has worked a number of beats through the years.
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