The Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) is available to help businesses meet their Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) obligations. To make ESST compliance as efficient as possible, HREEO has provided the following ESST Employer resources. The Saint Paul business community can also contact city staff for business assistance or questions regarding ESST. 

Read the ESST Ordinance

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. Please note that the ESST Rules were last revised on January 8, 2024.  

Read the ESST Rules - English

Earned Sick and Safe Time Accrual and Balance tool 

HREEO has created an Excel tool for small businesses to track ESST accrual based on the number of hours worked. 

Under the ESST Ordinance, employees accrue 1 hour for every 30 hours worked, and accrue up to 48 hours in one year. Employee can bank hours up to a balance of 80 hours. Employers are responsible for keeping track of employee hours accrued and ESST balances. The accrual tool can be used as a guide, but it is not an official or final determination of sick and safe balances. In the event of an investigation, employers must rely on their own bookkeeping and records to demonstrate compliance with the ordinance.

Download the ESST Accrual and Balance tool

Earned Sick and Safe Time - Workplace Poster

The City of Saint Paul ESST Ordinance requires employers to provide notice to their employees regarding ESST. If you need the ESST & Minimum wage poster in an additional language please email

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster - English 

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster - Hmong 

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster - Spanish 

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster - Somali 

ESST & Minimum Wage Poster - Karen 

Earned Sick and Safe Time - Sample Notice to Employees

This is a sample notice that employers can use to create their own notice to employees about ESST as required under the Earned Sick and Safe Time Law, Chapter 233 of the City of Saint Paul Legislative Code. 

ESST Sample Notice 

Last Edited: March 22, 2024