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City of Saint Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time guidance as it relates to the potential Saint Paul Federation of Educators Strike

The City of Saint Paul has determined that school closings related to the Saint Paul Federation of Educator’s strike will not be considered an eligible reason to use Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) under the city ESST ordinance. The City of Saint Paul ESST ordinance and policy contain a list of reasons that ESST may be used. Included in that list is a provision regarding the care of a family member whose school or place of care has been closed due to inclement weather, loss of power, loss of heating, loss of water, or other unexpected closure. The Saint Paul Federation of Educators announced that they intend to go on strike on March 10, 2020 if they are not able to reach an agreement with the Saint Paul School District. The planned action was announced almost two weeks ahead of the potential school closing date – therefore the potential closing is not an unexpected closure. The city has provided the following guidance that individuals who are affected by the closing will not be eligible to use ESST for the care of a family member effected by the strike. However, the ESST ordinance remains in effect and employees may use ESST for absences related to other sick and safe reasons listed in the city ESST ordinance and policy.

For more information, please email Labor Standards or call 651-266-8966.  


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. 

Read the Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance   

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.    

Find Additional Employer ESST Resources                Find Additional Employee ESST Resources



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 October 31, 2017.

                                               Read the Earned Sick and Safe Time Rules 



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. 

                                                    Complete an ESST Complaint Form 

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.