Minnesota Earned Sick and Safe Time Law

The following is taken from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MN DLI) and
applies to congregations.

The State of Minnesota has a new law called Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) which goes into
effect January 1, 2024. The new law requires employers to provide paid ESST leave to
employees who work at least 80 hours in a year. The list does not include independent
contractors, but it does include temporary and part-time employees.

Employers must provide each employee with one hour of ESST for every 30 hours worked, with
the ability to accumulate at least 48 hours of ESST each year.

An employer’s existing leave policy (i.e., leave policy, sick leave, paid time off/PTO, etc.) may
already meet some or all of the ESST requirements. It would be good for council leadership to
examine their current congregational policy and compare it to the ESST requirements.
Additional attention may need to be given to a policy for part-time and/or temporary workers
who work at least 80 hours per year. Duluth (among a few other cities in the state) has a ESST
law that may differ from the state. Employers are responsible for following the ESST
requirement that are most favorable to their employees.

For more information visit the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry website.

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