Earned Sick and Safe Time Bill Passes House

April 4, 2022

The bill would provide one hour of paid sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked and would apply to all employers, including cities.

A bill to provide one hour of paid sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked was passed by the full House on March 28 by a vote of 69-62.

HF 41 (Rep. Liz Olson, DFL-Duluth) would apply to all Minnesota employers, including cities, and does not prevent employers from adopting or retaining earned sick and safe time policies that meet or exceed the minimum standards set forth in this bill.

Under the bill, workers could earn up to 48 hours a year and carry over up to 80 unused hours from year to year. Its Senate companion, SF 331 (Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul), has not been scheduled for a hearing.

Eligible uses

Eligible uses of the sick and safe time include:

  • An employee’s mental or physical illness, treatment, or preventative care.
  • Care of a sick family member or a family member in need of preventative care or treatment.
  • 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.

Other provisions

The bill would cover employees working at least 80 hours in a year for an employer and would provide employees their regular hourly rate of pay. The time would accrue immediately and could be used after working 90 days.

Employees would be required to notify the employer up to seven days in advance or as soon as practicable, and employers could require documentation when employees are absent three or more days.

The bill would require employers to keep records of hours worked and earned sick and safe time accrued and used. It would prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee who uses the time. Employers would not be required to pay earned sick and safe time upon separation.

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