Those arguing for the law
say it's about setting uniform standards statewide, so businesses aren't burdened with writing their own labor regulations. Supporters argue that the bill will protect local control
by keeping discussions on wages, benefits and salaries between employer and employee. Low wages should not be a problem in the current market, as low jobless rates will compel employers to raise wages and add benefits.
Those arguing against the law
say the bill only works to halt legitimate efforts toward higher workplace standards
. Paid sick leave ordinances in the Twin Cities would be stopped should this bill pass, even though there was support for their adoption. Those opposed say it's intruding on local governance and would strip meaningful benefits from lower-income workers just as they were about to kick in.
The bill heads next to a likely conference committee. It's not clear if it will continue to move on its own or be attached to a budget measure.
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