Minnesota Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) Law: Empowering Employees, Ensuring Well-being
Effective January 1, 2024, the Minnesota Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) Law marks a pivotal step towards prioritizing employee welfare. Here are the key facets to guide both employers and employees:
- ESST applies to all employees clocking a minimum of 80 hours annually for a Minnesota employer
- Inclusive of temporary, seasonal, casual, and part-time employees.
- Not applicable to independent contractors.
- Earn 1 hour of ESST for every 30 hours worked, maxing at 48 hours yearly (unless employers opt for more).
- Flexible accrual methods: accrual, frontloading, or a combination.
Reasons for ESST Use
- Physical or mental health concerns, medical treatment, or preventive care for the employee or family.
- Addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking impacting the employee or family.
- Coping with workplace closure due to weather or public emergencies.
- Attending to family members when their school or care facility is closed.
- Managing the risk of infecting others with a communicable disease
- Receive regular hourly rate for ESST time used.
- There is no mandatory payout for unused ESST upon employment separation (exceptions for rehire scenarios).
Other Key Points
- Employers must furnish an earnings statement with ESST details each pay period.
- A notice outlining ESST rights and responsibilities is mandatory for employees.
- Strict prohibition against retaliatory actions for ESST usage.
- Building and construction industry employees may be exempt through collective bargaining agreements.
- Explore the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry website at dli.mn.gov/sick-leave for in-depth insights and specifics.
In embracing the Minnesota ESST Law, we foster a workplace culture that values health, security, and equitable treatment for all. For clarifications or additional information, visit the website or consult your HR department. Together, let’s ensure a harmonious and supportive work environment. Please contact Jfoust@scottcountycda.org for more information.