Earned Sick and Safe Time
What is the City of Saint Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) Ordinance?
On September 7, 2016, the Saint Paul City Council passed an ordinance requiring Saint Paul employers to provide earned sick and safe time to employees working in Saint Paul. ESST can be used for an employee's absence from work due to illness, medical appointments, or critical safety issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. The ordinance applies to all employers in the City of Saint Paul. All employees working in the City of Saint Paul are eligible for the benefit, including full time, part-time and temporary workers.
Earned Sick and Safe Time Rules
The ESST Ordinance requires HREEO to draft ESST Rules that provide administrative guidance on interpreting and enforcing the ESST Ordinance. NOTE: These rules are subject to change pending the outcome of Hennepin County District Court Case Minnesota Chamber of Commerce et al v. City of Minneapolis, Court File No. 27-CV-16-15051. The case is currently on appeal to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
If you have a question regarding Earned Sick and Safe Time, email the Labor Standards Unit for assistance.
Earned Sick and Safe Time Administrative Appeal Procedures
The ESST ordinance requires the city to provide due process for employers appealing ESST penalties, fines, and other noncompliance determinations.
Earned Sick and Safe Time Employer Resources
Saint Paul employers should visit the ESST Employer page for Frequently Asked Questions, Employee Notice posters, and other employer resources.
Earned Sick and Safe Time Employee Resources
Saint Paul employees should visit the ESST Employee page for Frequently Asked Questions, to file an ESST complaint, and review additional employee resources.
ESST Saint Paul business mailing
On March 31, 2017, HREEO sent an ESST notice letter to all businesses with a City of Saint Paul address. The mailer provided additional ESST information and city contact information for technical assistance.
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.
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.
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 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.