SICK & SAFE TIME
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What is Sick and Safe Time?
Sick and safe time is a law in Minneapolis protecting time off work. Employers may not prevent legitimate usage until an employee has run out of leave. This local law creates access to sick and safe time for all, including part time workers.
Fast Facts for Employers
Notice: All covered employees, including employees of "non-resident" employers, are entitled to accrued sick and safe time based upon hours worked in the City of Minneapolis since July 1, 2017. Employers must provide covered employees with accrued sick and safe time accordingly.
If a “non-resident” employer provided its employees, between July 1, 2017 and the present, a paid time off or paid leave plan which was available for uses including illness, and the employer is now adapting that plan to comply with all Sick and Safe ordinance requirements, the employer may deduct an employee’s actual use of that paid time off or leave since July 1, 2017 from the amount of accrual for that employee required under the Sick and Safe Time ordinance.
Employers are reminded that they may comply with the ordinance either by (1) crediting covered employees with Sick and Safe time at a rate of 1 hour per 30 hours worked in the City, capped at 48 per year and 80 overall, or (2) front-loading a lump sum of 48 hours for the first year of the employee’s employment and 80 hours at the beginning of every year thereafter (also capped at 80 hours overall). Employers may therefore comply with the ordinance without individual historical calculations at this time by crediting each covered employee with 80 hours of accrued Sick and Safe time. Employers are permitted to choose different methods of compliance (accrual or frontloading) for different employees.
Minnesota Court of Appeals
Opinion, April 29, 2019 - The MN Court of Appeals recently ruled that the sick and safe time ordinance does not violate state law and can be fully enforced. (The ordinance took effect July 1, 2017 but has not been fully enforced due to litigation.)
Opinion,March 4, 2019 - The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a District Court ruling in favor of the City and its current minimum wage.
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Effective date of the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance: July 1, 2017
Labor Standards Enforcement Division
Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
(612) 673-3000 (call)
(612) 673-2157 (TTY)
(612) 673-3012 (text)
Minimum Wage Website
For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats, contact 311. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.
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