Earned Sick and Safe Time Background

The following background information documents the extensive public outreach and research efforts the city conducted in formulating an earned sick and safe time ordinance, policies, and procedures. 

Earned Sick and Safe Time business mailing 

On March 31, 2017, HREEO mailed an ESST notice letter to all businesses with an available City of Saint Paul address. The letter provided ESST information and city contact information for ESST technical assistance. 

Earned Sick and Safe Time Pioneer Press letter

On March 16, 2017 the Pioneer Press published a letter from HREEO Director Jessi Kingston describing the ESST outreach and enforcement strategies of the department. 

Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Questions - Frequently Asked Questions Survey 

The Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) asked individuals to submit questions regarding the requirements of the ESST ordinance. The most commonly asked questions were included in ESST policies and procedures, and will be used to provide clarity to questions not answered by the ordinance. The public survey was conducted from September 30, 2016 – October 31, 2016. 

Saint Paul City Council Passes Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance 

On September 7, 2016, the Saint Paul City Council passed an Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick and safe time to employees. Saint Paul Legislative Code Title XXIII, Chapter 233.01 - 233.21. "Earned Sick and Safe Time" Ordinance.

HREEO Commission approves Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force Recommendations and Draft Ordinance 

On July 19, 2016 the Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission approved the Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force Recommendations as well as the Draft Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance based on the task force recommendations.

Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force Draft Ordinance

An earned sick and safe time draft ordinance, based solely on the recommendations of the Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force, is available for review. The Survey for the Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force Draft Ordinance closed on Friday, July 15 after a two-week public comment period. 

Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force Recommendations 

The City of Saint Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force completed recommendations for a possible earned sick and safe leave policy in the City of Saint Paul. The Survey for the Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force Recommendations closed on Friday, July 8 after a two-week public comment period. 

Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force 

On March 2, 2016, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and the City Council appointed an ESST Task Force. The task force began meeting on March 8, 2016. The task force formalized recommendations to the Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission, who in turn made final recommendations to the City Council and Mayor.

Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force members

​JaPaul Harris - HREEO Commission Chair, ESST Task Force Co-chair                                         Rick Varco
Rose Roach - ESST Task Force Co-Chair                                                                                            Ann Clowser 
Matt Kramer - ESST Task Force Co-Chair                                                                                           Farhio Khalif
Lenny Russo                                                                                                                                            Joanne Mullen
Autumn Amadou-Blegen                                                                                                                       James McClean
Michelle Thom                                                                                                                                         Lisa Stratton
Steve Cohen                                                                                                                                             David Burley 
Marfa Malcolm                                                                                                                                        Robert Kasper 
Daniel Yang                                                                                                                                              Eric Foster 
JoAnn Hawkins                                                                                                                                       Wintana Melekin
Stefan Pomrenke                                                                                                                                    Ted Natus
Hilario Deleon Perez                                                                                                                               Tabitha Mitchell 
Alex Bajwa                                                                                                                                                Maureen O'Connell 
Jim Frisco - HREEO Commissioner                                                                                                      Pat Mancini
Erika Sanders - HREEO Commissioner

Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force Considerations

The City Council and the Mayor have requested that the Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission convene a task force, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council, that is representative of the city’s businesses of all sizes and types, employees, organized labor, advocacy organizations and residents, to engage the broader community in a conversation around the specifics of requiring employers to offer earned sick and safe time benefits to their employees. The Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force will meet and make a determination regarding the following issues: 

  • Scope of the ordinance, such as what employers and workers are covered, the exclusion of sole proprietorships, and the treatment of independent contractors, part-time, seasonal, student, and temporary workers, and those provided by employment agencies;

  • clarification on issues such as the status of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements and provisions with respect to payout of unused sick time and the portability of sick and safe time hours;

  • conditions of use, such as covered events, eligible family members, and any requirements for advance notice and documentation;

  • accrual details, such as when accrual begins, accrual rate, maximum accrual, the effect of employee transfers, rehires, and employer succession, and any effect of employer size;

  • how workers and employers doing business in the city will understand their rights and responsibilities under the ordinance, such as notice, posting, and community outreach; and, 

  • a recommendation on an enforcement mechanism

Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force Information Binder

Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force Meeting Information 

Additional earned sick and safe time research and information

Earned Sick and Safe Time Resolution

On February 3, 2016 the Saint Paul City Council unanimously passed a resolution convening a task force to discuss the possibility of extending earned sick and safe time to all employees in Saint Paul.

Prior to the resolution, residents, employees, community organizations, and business owners had extensive opportunities to provide input on earned sick and safe time regulations at community meetings and public hearings, on Open Saint Paul, multiple online surveys, and through additional outreach opportunities. All input collected was used to help shape an earned sick and safe time policy recommendation. 

Individuals should contact the Saint Paul City Council with questions regarding the earned sick and safe time legislative process.