City of St. Paul Earned Sick/Safe Time Rules Now Available

(SAINT PAUL) – On September 7, 2016 the Saint Paul City Council passed an Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance requiring employers located in Saint Paul to provide employees working in Saint Paul with the ability to earn sick and safe time. The ESST ordinance requires the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) to draft administrative rules to provide clarification and guidance on the requirements identified in the ordinance.

The City of Saint Paul Rules for Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance are now available for public review and comment. Individuals can submit questions specific to the ESST rules online until May 1, 2017. The online survey is intended to identify questions regarding the ESST ordinance that were not addressed in the ESST rules. Based on the feedback of the community, HREEO will review the rules to ensure employer and employee ESST rights and responsibilities are well-defined and understandable.

The City of Saint Paul ESST ordinance states:

·        Employees can earn one hour of ESST for every 30 hours worked in Saint Paul;

·        Employees can earn up to 48 hours of ESST per year;

·        Employees can carry over up to 80 hours of unused ESST;

·        Employees can use ESST for personal or family illness, or if they are a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking;

·        If an employer offers a paid time off policy that meets the ordinance requirements, the employer does not need to provide additional leave.

The ESST ordinance is effective on July 1, 2017 for large businesses – employers with 24 or more employees, and January 1, 2018 for employers with less than 24 employees. The ESST ordinance does not require employers to report ESST documentation to the city unless the city receives a complaint.   

For more information about ESST, visit www.stpaul.gov/esst, where individuals can find the City of Saint Paul ESST rules, frequently asked questions, and additional employer and employee resources. HREEO is also available to help answer questions and provide ESST technical assistance to businesses.