What is Earned Sick and Safe Time?

Employers must provide Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) to employees who work in the geographic boundaries of Saint Paul for at least 80 hours in a year.

There are two components: Sick Time and Safe Time. Sick Time refers to paid time off employees may use for:

  • Physical or mental illness, injury, or other health condition
  • Medical appointments to diagnose, care for, or treat such an illness, injury, or health condition. 

Safe Time can be used to cover absence due to domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking. 

Employees may use both Sick Time and Safe Time for their own needs or those of a family member. The definition of “family member” includes any individual related by blood or whose association with the employee is equal to a family relationship.

The City of Saint Paul amended the City's ESST ordinance in January 2024 to align with the State of Minnesota's new ESST law.

Who is covered by the ordinance?

The ordinance applies to full-time, part-time, temporary, or paid on-call employees who work within the geographic boundaries of the Saint Paul for at least 80 hours in a year. The ordinance does not cover independent contractors.

Immigration status does not impact coverage of the ESST ordinance. The City's Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) enforces the ESST ordinance. HREEO does not ask for an employee’s immigration status when an employee reaches out with a question or files a complaint.

Using Earned Sick and Safe Time

Providing Earned Sick and Safe Time

Accruing Earned Sick and Safe Time

Leaving a Job

Last Edited: May 30, 2024