ESST Employer Resources

HREEO is here to help businesses meet ESST obligations! 

To make ESST compliance as efficient as possible, HREEO has provided the following ESST Employer resources. The Saint Paul business community can also contact city staff for business assistance or questions regarding ESST. 

ESST Saint Paul business mailing 

On March 31, 2017, HREEO sent an ESST a letter to all Saint Paul business owners alerting employers to the ESST Ordinance.   

Read the Letter to Saint Paul Businesses

ESST Employer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

HREEO has provided an ESST Employer FAQ for examples and additional guidance on how the ESST ordinance and rules will be interpreted and enforced. 

ESST Employer Frequently Asked Questions 

What should employers do to prepare for ESST? 

Read a Summary of what Employers must do before the July 1, 2017 effective date

ESST Accrual and Balance tool 

HREEO has created an Excel tool for small businesses to track ESST accrual based on the number of hours worked. Currently, the ESST Accrual Excel tool is only available upon request. Interested individuals should email the Labor Standards Unit for a copy of the Excel version.

Under the ESST Ordinance, employees accrue 1 hour for every 30 hours worked, and accrue up to 48 hours in one year. Employee can bank hours up to a balance of 80 hours. Employers are responsible for keeping track of employee hours accrued and ESST balances. The accrual tool can be used as a guide, but it is not an official or final determination of sick and safe balances. In the event of an investigation, employers must rely on their own bookkeeping and records to demonstrate compliance with the ordinance.

View a PDF sample of the ESST Balance tool 

ESST Model Notice - Workplace Poster 

The City of Saint Paul ESST Ordinance requires employers to provide notice to their employees of ESST. The City of Saint Paul has provided the following model notice for employers. 

ESST 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. 

Read the Pioneer Press Letter

City of Saint Paul Jurisdictional Boundaries 

Businesses and individuals can use the map of Saint Paul City Council Wards to verify whether an employer is located in the City of Saint Paul and subject to ESST. Individuals can either type in a specific address, or use the map to zoom in on city boundaries.

If "No Results" are found based on an address search, the address is not located within the City of Saint Paul. Individuals can also confirm a location with the Labor Standards Unit.

Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Effective Dates 

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 this chapter. This specific ordinance subsection will sunset on January 1, 2023, at which point all employers will be subject to full enforcement.