Duluth, Minnesota enacts paid sick leave ordinance effective January 2020

On January 1st, 2020 all employers with five or more employees must provide Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) to their employees working in Duluth. ESST is a law in Duluth that allows for employees to have access to paid time off work.

ESST can be used by employees in order to care for themselves or a family member in situations involving illnesses, injuries, physical or mental health conditions, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Earned Sick and Safe Time Resources

Duluth employers and employees can visit the ESST Resources pages for employee notice posters, educational materials, tracking tools, links to various government programs, and additional resources

Earned Sick and Safe Time Administrative Rules

The Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinance grants the Duluth City Clerk’s Office the authority to administer and enforce the ordinance in the City of Duluth. In order to provide administrative guidance regarding the ESST ordinance and to elaborate upon the processes by which the ordinance will be enforced, administrative rules have been created. These rules will govern the practices of the Duluth City Clerk’s Office in administering and enforcing the ordinance. Public comments may be submitted to through September 30. 

ESST Administrative Rules

Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance History

Please visit the Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force page for additional information on the public outreach and research that was conducted in formulating the Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinance.

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