Testimony to the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development Conference Committee

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Testimonio del Señor. Jason A. Adkins, Esq.
Omnibus Jobs and Economic Development Conference Committee

Mayo 3, 2019

La Conferencia Católica de Minnesota, la voz de las políticas públicas de la iglesia católica en Minnesota, submits this testimony in support of the wage theft protections for workers and earned sick and safe time provisions contained in the House version of the Jobs and Economic Development Omnibus bill, HF 2208 (Mahoney). Además, though we do not specifically endorse the paid family leave provisions contained in the bill, lo recomiendo como un enfoque razonable para abordar una necesidad urgente para los trabajadores y las familias. We urge you to protect workers and find compromise on these provisions coming out of conference committee.

La dignidad del trabajo

The employer/employee relationship is a reciprocal one that carries with it rights and duties on the part of both actors. An employee is responsible for fulfilling his or her commitments to an employer to provide honest labor that produces good goods and good services. Cualquier cosa menos una forma de robo.[me]

The employer must treat his or her employees justly and provide good work that is consistent with each person’s dignity. “In work, la persona ejerce y cumple en parte con el potencial de inscritos en su naturaleza. el valor primordial del trabajo proviene del hombre mismo, su autor y su beneficiario. El trabajo es para el hombre, not man for work. Everyone should be able to draw from work the means of providing for his life and that of his family, y de servir a la comunidad humana."[II]

Como regla general, businesses have the primary responsibility to ensure that those they employ are justly compensated and that reasonable provision is made for them to attend to their primary responsibilities of family and faith when necessary. Employees are not simply commodities from whom employers extract utility. They are persons with dignity who belong to a web of relationships and who have other responsibilities and duties as a result of those relationships. Employers should respect those responsibilities, incluyendo la responsabilidad del cuidado.

Cuando los empleadores no protegen la dignidad y los derechos legítimos de los trabajadores, the state can step in to ensure that there is justice in employment relationships and to create a minimum set of standards that employers are required to meet. The protections, por debajo de, son ejemplos de este principio.

Protección contra el robo salarial

Uno pensaría que robo salarial es un problema aislado, sin embargo, es sorprendentemente frecuente,[III] incluso en Minnesota.[IV] In a society increasingly forgetful of God, y así el principio de que cada ser humano está hecho a su semejanza, it is not surprising that sometimes the dignity of persons is violated at work. But depriving a laborer of wages is evil and one of the sins that cry out to heaven.[v]

Robo salarial existe porque los empresarios saben que los empleados tienen miedosos de represalias, and that wage theft is often difficult to document. The provisions in this legislation clarify employer responsibilities with regard to recordkeeping and notice of wages, represalias del empleador combate, and create stronger enforcement powers for the Department of Labor and Industry. If employers behaved responsibly in

cada instancia de, we would not need stronger regulatory provisions on wage theft. Pero, como G.K. Chesterton dijo, “When we fail to observe the big laws, we get saddled with the small laws.” It is unfortunate that more laws are needed, pero estas regulaciones son protecciones básicas de los trabajadores.[VI]

Ganó tiempo enfermo y seguro

This provision would create a basic employment standard in our state to allow employees to accrue up to six days of paid time off to care for themselves or a loved one. Hoy, muchos trabajadores se ven obligados a tomar decisiones financieras difíciles entre cuidar de sí mismos o a un ser querido y que falta un sueldo, o incluso perder su trabajo. According to one estimate, aproximadamente 1.1 millones Minnesota, o 41 por ciento de la fuerza laboral del estado, frente a esta situación porque sus trabajos no ofrecen ganado licencia por enfermedad.[VII]

Como se crean menos puestos de trabajo a tiempo completo y compañías reestructuración prácticas laborales en oportunidades a tiempo parcial sin beneficios, desarrollo de ganado dejar políticas es especialmente importante.[VIII] People need the security to know that they have at least some time to recover from illness or can take time to care for family members and not lose needed income or employment. Illness in one’s life or family is inevitable. This legislation would not only help family life but would send a message that caring for children and families is a real priority within our society.

Licencia de familia pagada

Cuidado de los recién nacidos, niños, los enfermos, y los ancianos (y para nosotros mismos) is a privileged place in which we grow as persons and in our own humanity. It is an integral part of family life that must be respected and promoted. As the family is the first school of virtue and solidarity, it is the place where we learn to share those virtues with others in society. Caregiving should be protected and promoted as a cornerstone of family and social policy.

There are many different ways that paid leave programs can be constructed. This proposal is a reasonable one that makes it easier for smaller employers to participate by creating a funding mechanism through payroll so that costs are not borne all at once. We encourage the Legislature to continue to explore proposals that make it easier for employers to honor the important obligations employees have as caregivers and for employees to fulfill such obligations.

[me] "El trabajo humano procede directamente de personas creadas a la imagen de Dios y llamado a prolongar la obra de la creación por someter la tierra, both with and for one another. Hence work is a duty: ' Si alguno no funciona, que no coma.'” Catecismo de la iglesia católica No. 2427.

[II] ID. sin ningún. 2428.

[III] Phillip Matera, "Robo de sueldo: Las grandes corporaciones que explote a sus trabajadores’ Salarios,” Bueno primero empleos, Junio 2018, disponible en https://www.goodjobsfirst.org/wagetheft.

[IV] Howard Kling, "Testimonio en Capitol MN subraya necesidad de leyes más fuertes de robo de salarios,” WorkDay Minnesota, Feb. 12, 2019, disponible en https://www.workdayminnesota.org/articles/testimony-mn-capitol-underscores-need-stronger-wage-theft-laws

[v] Catecismo de la iglesia católica No. 1867.

[VI] Es alentador que otro proyecto de ley anti wage theft avanza en el Senado (SF 1816 (Pratt)). Though we support the standards in HF 6, Aplaudimos a los autores del Senado para adelantar legislación, y espero que se puede desarrollar una solución bipartidista que se adapta razonablemente a preocupaciones de empleador.

[VII] Instituto de investigación de política de las mujeres, "Acceso a pago tiempo enfermo en Minnesota,"Septiembre 2014, disponible en https://iwpr.org/publications/access-to-paid-sick-time-in-minnesota/.

[VIII] Ibrahim Hirsi, "Por ello, Minnesota tiene tantos empleos full-time, y por eso que es bueno y malo para la economía,” MinnPost, Octubre 17, 2017, disponible en https://www.minnpost.com/good-jobs/2017/10/why-minnesota-has-so-many-non-full-time-jobs-and-why-s-both-good-and-bad-economy/.