Earned Sick and Safe Time Bill Moves in House and Senate

January 23, 2023

The bill would provide one hour of paid sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked.

A bill to require that employers provide employees with one hour of paid sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked moved in both House and Senate committees the week of Jan. 16.

Under this bill, HF 19 (Rep. Liz Olson, DFL-Duluth) /SF 34 (Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul), workers could earn up to 48 hours a year and carry over up to 80 unused hours from year to year.

What’s included in the bill

Eligible uses for the sick and safe time include:

  • An employee’s mental or physical illness, treatment, or preventive care.
  • Care of a sick family member or a family member in need of preventive care or treatment.
  • An absence related to domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking of an employee or family member.
  • Closure of an employee’s workplace or a family member’s school or day care due to weather or public emergency.
  • A determination by a health care provider that an employee or family member is at risk of infecting others with a communicable disease.

The bill would cover employees, including part-time and seasonal, working at least 80 hours in a year for an employer and would provide employees their regular hourly rate of pay. Employers would not be required to pay earned sick and safe time upon separation.

Status of the bills

HF 19 was heard in the House Labor and Industry Finance and Policy Committee on Jan. 17 and heard in the House State and Local Government Finance and Policy Committee on Jan. 19. The bill passed both committees and was referred to the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee.

SF 34 was heard in the Senate Labor Committee on Jan. 17 and referred to the Senate State and Local Government and Veterans Committee.

League staff continue to monitor the bill as it moves forward.

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