Earned Sick and Safe Time

On September 7, 2016, the Saint Paul City Council passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide paid sick and safe time to employees. 

The ESST ordinance requires employers to provide paid sick and safe time for employees. ESST can be used for an employee's absence from work due to illness, medical appointments, or critical safety issue, including domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. 

The ordinance applies to all employers. All employees are eligible for the benefit, including full time, part-time and temporary workers.

Read the Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Earned Sick and Safe Time Rulemaking  

As required in the ESST Ordinance (233.12), the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity is responsible for administration and enforcement of the ordinance. HREEO will publish initial ESST rules by April 1, 2017.  

Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Key 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. 

Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Background 

Visit Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Background for additional information on the extensive public outreach and research efforts the city conducted in formulating an earned sick and safe time ordinance and policy.