Know Your Rights: ESST & $15

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Know Your Rights:

Paid Sick Days in Mpls and St. Paul, & $15 Minimum Wage in Mpls

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Through years of struggle, low-wage workers in the Twin Cities have won important new workplace rights, including paid sick time in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis. These victories came because of the leadership of low-wage workers who led multiple strikes, marches, meetings with elected officials, and much more. Now it is up to workers to defend our new rights.

Included in this blog post, you will find information on Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis. If you have any questions about your rights, or if you feel your rights have been violated, contact CTUL at 612-332-0663 or susan@ctul.net

Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) in Minneapolis

Beginning July 1, 2017, workers in Minneapolis have the right to paid sick time. For every 30 hours you work, you accumulate 1 hour of paid sick and safe time. See below for details on how to exercise your rights, and click here to get a copy of a ESST Know Your Rights flyer to share with others.

Protections to ensure your rights:

  • All employers are required to post notice of your rights under this ordinance in a place where employees can easily read it, accessible in any/all languages needed by the workers. Click here to see a copy of the notice.
  • Upon request by an employee, an employer must provide access, in writing or electronically, information sharing an employee’s then current amount of accrued sick and safe time and used sick and safe time.
  • It is illegal for an employer or any other person to interfere, impede, or deny access to paid sick and safe time.
  • It is illegal for an employer to retaliate, or threaten to retaliate, against a worker for exercising your rights.
  • If you feel that your rights have been violated, or if you have been threatened and/or retaliated against for attempting to access your rights, you can file an anonymous report with the City of Minneapolis Labor Standards Enforcement Division by calling 311, or online: www.minneapolismn.gov/sicktimeinfo

Who does this effect? This ordinance covers full-time, part-time, temporary workers and interns. Employers with 6 or more employees must provide paid sick days. Employers with 5 or fewer employees must provide the right for workers to take time off without fear of retaliation, but may choose not to pay the time. Workers can accumulate 48 hours per year, and move accumulated hours on to the next year until you reach 80 hours of accumulated paid sick and safe time.

This ordinance covers the right to take time off for:

  • Medical treatment, preventative care, recuperation
  • Mental health, illness
  • Medical issues for family members
  • Seek law enforcement and/or counseling regarding issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, or anything else that puts you in danger
  • Surprise school cancellations, like snow days or cold days

Click here to learn more about the ordinance on the Minneapolis website.

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Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) in St. Paul

Beginning July 1, 2017, workers in St. Paul have the right to paid sick time. Employees accumulate 1 hour of paid sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked. Workers can get up to 48 hours of paid sick and safe time per year, and these hours can roll over to the next year with the right to accumulate up to 80 hours. This goes into effect July 1, 2017 only for businesses with 24+ employees, and January 1, 2018 for those with 23 and under.

See below for details on how to exercise your rights, and click here to get a St. Paul ESST Know Your Rights Flyer to share with others.

Protections to ensure your rights:

  • All employers are required to post notice of your rights under this ordinance in a place where employees can easily read it, accessible in any/all languages needed by the workers. Click here for a copy of the St. Paul Notice to Employees.
  • It is illegal for an employer or any other person to interfere, impede, or deny access to paid sick and safe time.
  • It is illegal for an employer to retaliate, or threaten to retaliate, against a worker for exercising your rights.
  • If you feel that your rights have been violated, or if you have been threatened and/or retaliated against for attempting to access your rights, you can file an anonymous report with the City of St. Paul Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity Division by calling 651-266-8989, or online here

What is Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST)?

  • If you work within the city limits of St. Paul at least 80 hours per year, you are eligible to receive pay for hours taken off to address your health needs or the health needs of a family member.
  • Sick time: time off from work to seek medical care, rest and recover from an illness, take care of a sick family member.
  • Safe time: time taken off to address domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking that you or a family member are experiencing.

Who this affects:

  • Full-time, part-time, and temporary workers; hourly and salaried employees; employees who work from home
  • As long as you and your employer have a physical location within the city at which they preform their work at least 80 hours per year, you have the right to ESST.

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$15 Minimum Wage in Minneapolis

Large Employers: 100 employees or more. Beginning January 1st, 2018, the minimum wage for large employers will increase to $10.00. On July 1st, 2018 the minimum wage will increase to $11.25, and it continue to rise to $15 an hour by July 1st, 2022, after which the minimum wage will be tied to inflation.

Small Employers: Less than 100 employees. For small businesses the first increase will be to $10.25 on July 1st, 2018 and it will continue to rise to $15 an hour by July 1st, 2024.