DFL legislators from the House and Senate participated in a press conference this week to introduce the Working Parents Act, a legislative package aimed at providing greater opportunity and economic security to millions of Minnesotans.
The Working Parents Act includes five bills: Earned Sick and Safe Time; Paid Family Leave; Putting a Stop to Wage Theft; Scheduling Fairness and Flexibility; and Tip Fairness for Servers.
The legislators stressed that although families have the same responsibilities to care for each other that they’ve always had, today’s economy requires most parents to work. Minnesota is a leading state in terms of women in the workforce, and the Working Parents Act aims to ensure that mothers have the ability to care for a child or family member without jeopardizing a job or compromising a paycheck. The Working Parents Act is a follow-up to last session’s Women Economic Security Act (WESA).