Even though the Minnesota legislature failed to pass minimum wage legislation during the last legislative session, there is a possibility that the legislation could be raised from the dead in the near future.
As we previously reported, multiple bills were introduced in the Minnesota Legislature earlier this year to raise the minimum wage.  Given DFL control of the House, the Senate, and the Governor’s office, some form of a minimum wage hike appeared likely to pass.  However, due to disagreement over how much to raise the minimum wage, none of the bills passed into law before the legislative session ended.  The legislative effort to raise the minimum wage appeared to be dead, but recent signs indicate a potential zombie-like reawakening.
The Star Tribune recently reported that Governor Mark Dayton intends to call a special session of the Minnesota legislature to approve disaster relief for storms that affected central and southern Minnesota in June of this year.  Representative Ryan Winkler suggested that the legislature may also take up minimum wage legislation again during the special session.  But the Governor’s deputy chief of staff, Bob Hume, reported that the special session may be limited to only the narrow issue of disaster relief.
Takeaway:  At this time, it is unclear whether a special session of the Minnesota Legislature might address the minimum wage legislation that failed to pass earlier this year.  But given Representative Winkler’s comments, it remains a possibility.  Employers with minimum wage employees should continue to monitor the undead minimum wage legislation.