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Minnesota 'snow day' law raising new questions about workers' pay


Brian Peterson – Star Tribune

Nothing like a good old fashioned Snow Day to get kids outside. The hill along Minnehaha Creek near Cedar Ave. and 49th Street was a sledders paradise Monday afternoon with a fresh coat of snow and temps still above zero.

A new Minnesota law that provided relief to school districts struggling to catch up after a long run of weather-related cancellations is prompting a new debate over when and how custodians, bus drivers, educational assistants and other hourly workers should be compensated for missed days.

The "Snow Day Relief Act" passed this year by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Walz allowed districts to count days canceled for "health and safety concerns" toward their required instructional time, rather than having to make days up at the end of the school year. That flexibility came with a catch: If districts counted a missed day as instructional time, they'd need to compensate hourly employees or offer them additional hours on another day.


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