COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
The Labor Standards Enforcement and Education Division has received many inquiries regarding COVID-19 and Earned Sick and Safe Time. We have created a new COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page and will continue to update them as we have new information. We are still available during business hours and can be reached at (651)266-8966 or by email email@example.com. Please view a message from the HREEO Director.
On January 1, 2018 all Saint Paul employers with employees working in Saint Paul must provide Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) to their employees.
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. All employees working in the City of Saint Paul, for employers located in the City of Saint Paul, are eligible for the benefit, including full time, part-time and temporary workers.
Earned Sick and Safe Time Employer and Employee Resources
Saint Paul employers and employees can visit the ESST Employer and Employee pages for the ESST Rules, Frequently Asked Questions, Employee Notice posters, as well as additional ESST resources and tools.
Earned Sick and Safe Time Rules
HREEO is responsible for drafting ESST Rules to help individuals interpret the ESST ordinance. ESST Rules were last revised on October 2, 2020 and finalized on November 3, 2020.
Earned Sick and Safe Time Complaints
If an employee believes their ESST rights have been denied, please complete an ESST Complaint Form and submit it to the Labor Standards Unit for review. After receiving the complaint, a city staff member will follow up with the complainant within five (5) business days.
City of St. Paul Jurisdictional Boundaries
Businesses and individuals can use the map of Saint Paul City Council Wards to verify whether an employee is working in the City of Saint Paul. 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.
Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance History
Visit Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Background for additional information on the public outreach and research the city conducted in formulating an earned sick and safe time ordinance and policy.