Minneapolis- Saint Paul Paid Sick Leave


On May 26, 2016, Minneapolis officially became the first city in the state of Minnesota to require most employers in the city to provide paid sick leave to workers.  The vote from the city council was unanimous, and the city will enforce the sick leave rules on workplaces of six or more employees.  Starting on July 1, 2017, workers in Minneapolis will be able to earn up to 48 hours of paid sick leave per year, or one hour per 30 hours worked.

To qualify for the sick leave, workers must accrue at least 80+ hours a week within the Minneapolis city limits.  This includes: part-time, full-time, seasonal, and temporary workers.  By law, employers must include a section on paid leave in the employee handbook.  For further resources, including a required poster for employers, click here…


Saint Paul

 On September 7, 2016, Saint Paul became the second city in Minnesota to require paid sick leave, as the Saint Paul City Council passed the Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinance (ESST).  The vote was unanimous at 7-0 and will be effective for employers with 24 or more starting July 1, 2017.  This will be effective for employers with 23 or fewer employees January 1, 2018.  Estimates expect that around 65,000 people will be affected by the new law.

The law is slightly different from Minneapolis in that Saint Paul does not exempt businesses with fewer than 6 employees.   Additionally, workers are guaranteed one hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and can earn up to 80 hours of paid leave in a two-year period.  The ESST ordinance may be used for an employee’s absence due to illness, medical appointments, or a critical safety issue, including domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault.  For additional information, click here…