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FAQ Regarding Local Earned Sick and Safe Time


Issued in April 2020, Saint Paul’s Labor Standards Enforcement and Education Division created an FAQ resource regarding earned sick and safe time. The FAQ resource addresses COVID-19 and the city's earned sick and safe time ordinance. Highlights include:

  • Explanation that the Saint Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance requires employers to provide earned sick and safe time to employees who work in Saint Paul. Sick time refers to paid time off for medical reasons (e.g., physical illness, mental injury, medical appointments seeking diagnosis), while safe time refers to paid time off for an absence related to domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking.
  • Employees may use both sick time and safe time for their own reasons or for reasons of a family member.
  • ESST can be used if an employee’s place of work or child’s school/daycare is closed due to reasons related to COVID-19. However, only if such closure is due to an official order.

The above highlights are not exhaustive. Employers with employees in St. Paul should be aware of this resource and review the Frequently Asked Questions for additional guidance.

Earned Sick and Safe Time – COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers »