The City of Saint Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time Poster provides information on the Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, which requires that employees who work for an employer within the geographic area of Saint Paul accrue paid leave to use for medical and safety reasons relating to the employee or the employee’s family member.
Under the ordinance, employees who perform work within the geographic bounds of the city for at least 80 hours per year must accrue at least 1 hour of ESST per 30 hours worked in the city. Employees begin accruing ESST on the first day of employment, or on the day the ordinance goes into effect if they are already employed.
Earned Sick and Safe Time may be used for an employee or family member’s mental or physical illness, including preventative care, or for reasons related to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, school closures due to inclement weather or other public safety issues affecting an employee or an employee’s family member.
- For employers with 24 or more employees, the Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance is effective July 1, 2017.
- For employers with 23 or fewer employees, the Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance is effective January 1, 2018.
- For employers operating in their first six months after the hire date of the employer’s first employee, the employer is required to provide unpaid sick and safe time but is not required to provide paid sick and time. After six months, the employer will be subject to the ordinance.
Every employer resident in the city and employing covered employees is required to give notice that: employees are entitled to earned sick and safe time; the amount of earned sick and safe time and the terms of its use guaranteed under the ordinance; that retaliation against employees who request or use earned sick and safe time is prohibited; and that each employee has the right to file a complaint or bring a civil action if earned sick and safe time is denied by the employer or the employee is retaliated against for requesting or taking earned sick and safe time.
Employers can comply with these notice requirements by displaying the City of Saint Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time Poster in a conspicuous and accessible place in each establishment where covered employees are employed, such as in a breakroom, by a punch clock, or in a common work meeting room. (Saint Paul, MN Code of Ordinances, Sec. 233.07)
If an employer has employees who speak languages other than English, the employer may be required to post the official ESST notice the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity deems necessary to inform employees of their rights under the ordinance. Please contact us if you would like to request the City of Saint Paul Sick and Safe Time Poster in a language other than English.