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City councilors believe new amendments come to middle ground

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City councilors believe new amendments come to middle ground City councilors believe new amendments come to middle ground

After many months, Duluth city councilors finally feel that they have found some middle ground in the proposed Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.

"Many employees already have benefit packages that far exceed what we are proposing in this ordinance," Duluth City Councilor, Gary Anderson said. 

And these "fine-tuned" amendments are meant to support a more unique Duluth-sized policy. 

"We don't want to put any of our businesses at a disadvantage. At the same time we want to make sure our employers in our town are taken care of," Anderson said. 

The first, is to increase the accrual rate from one hour of E-S-S-T for every forty hours worked, to one every fifty hours worked. 

"That's to mitigate a disparity between part time and full time workers so that part time workers aren't accruing more if they work multiple part time jobs," Duluth City Councilor, Noah Hobbs said. 

The other, is to exempt seasonal employees from the amendment. According to city officials, this will go a long way to helping out many of the employees in Duluth - at the same time, encouraging to hire young people. 

"Kids in high school or young college students who might just want to work for just for the summer season or just for the Christmas season," Anderson said.

And after a lingering process of listening and talking with business owners in Duluth. 

"It seems that these two amendments will satisfy a lot of the concerns of the business community," Anderson said. 

The amendments will be proposed at seven o'clock Monday night in the Duluth City Council Chambers. 

If one, or both of the amendments pass, there would be a final vote on the ordinance in the second meeting later this month. 
 

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