Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and Education

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and Education of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) focuses solely on compliance with the City of Saint Paul’s Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST), Minimum Wage, and Hospitality Right to Recall Ordinances. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and Education is here to ensure all of us know our rights and responsibilities. The division is responsible for administering the ESST and Minimum Wage Ordinances, conducting community outreach and engagement, and resolving complaints. 

We are available 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We can be reached at (651)266-8966 or by email at LaborStandards@ci.stpaul.mn.us.  

Minimum Wage & Earned Sick and Safe Time Public Service Announcement in Hmong 

HREEO partnered with 3Hmong TV and Council Member Nelsie Yang to produce a Minimum Wage and Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) public service announcement in Hmong. The PSA seeks to inform the employees of their right to accrue and use ESST and to inform the public on annual minimum wage increases.

Koom haum Khiav Ncaj Ncees rau hauv Nroog Saint Paul (HREEO) koom tes nrog 3HmongTV thiab nrog Council Member Nelsie Yaj ua ke los tso lub tshaj xo. Los lus tshaj xo tuaj rau laj mej pej xeem hais txog Minimum Wage (los yog cov nyiaj tsoom fwv pub yus khwv qes tshaj) thiab Earned Sick and Safe Time, los hu ESST, (los yog sib hawm siv saib mob thaum yus txwv 30 xob moo ua hauj lwm 1 xob moo saib mob). Ntxiv mus, lus tshaj xo no pab piav rau laj mej pej xeem txog Minimum Wage thiab ESST khiav li cas. 

Minimum Wage and ESST PSA 

Earned Sick and Safe Time

The Earned Sick and Safe Time ​Ordinance creates access to paid time off of work for employees working in Saint Paul. 

Learn more about Earned Sick and Safe Time 

Minimum Wage Ordinance

The Minimum Wage Ordinance sets a local hourly minimum wage standard for work ​performed in the city. 

Learn more about Minimum Wage 

Hospitality Right to Recall

Learn more about Hospitality Recall

How do I File a Complaint?

Individuals that believe they have been denied their ESST or Minimum Wage rights are encouraged to contact the division and file a complaint. Please note that language assistance and other accommodations are available to assist residents in filing complaints. 

Complaint Form

Employer and Organization Information

Employers and organizations are encouraged to contact the division to review relevant policies or for technical assistance. 

The Earned Sick & Safe Time and Minimum Wage Ordinances require that employers display a poster to advise employees of their rights. The poster must be displayed in a conspicuous place accessible to employees, in English and in any other languages needed. Please contact the Labor Standards Division for copies of these notices and if translations into other languages are needed.

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster

Labor Standards Advisory Committee

The Labor Standards Advisory Committee (LSAC) is tasked with advising and supporting the Labor Standards Enforcement and Education Division. The LSAC is one of the city boards and commissions that provide policy recommendations to the City of Saint Paul. Applications are being accepted for the LSAC. Click apply to complete an application to serve on the LSAC. 

All are welcome to apply. Language assistance and accommodations are available upon request, please contact us at LaborStandards@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651-266-8966.

ESST Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Labor Standards Education and Enforcement Division receives many questions surrounding the Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) provisions in the ordinance. The questions and answers below highlight topics and specific questions that are often asked by employees and employers of Saint Paul. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to our Labor Standards Investigators at laborstandards@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-266-8966 .

General Earned Sick & Safe Time Questions

Who is covered by the Earned Sick & Safe Time Ordinance?

How is Earned Sick & Safe Time accrued?

Earned Sick & Safe Time Usage

Employer Notice and Documentation

Cash-outs

Retaliation

COVID ESST FAQs

Last Edited: September 1, 2022