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About Earned Sick & Safe Time

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

COVID-19-ESST FAQS

Unemployment Insurance and Earned Sick and Safe Time

Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) can be used by employees to cover scheduled shifts that they are unable to work due to a sick or safe time-related issue.

If a business has closed temporarily and there are no scheduled shifts, then accordingly there would be no opportunity to use ESST. In such a situation, ESST should not be considered available paid leave.

For more information regarding unemployment insurance in Minnesota, visit: https://www.uimn.org/

If you are encountering other issues related to ESST while applying for unemployment insurance, please contact us at sicktimeinfo@duluthmn.gov

 

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 process 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 regarding the administrative rules were accepted through September 2019.

ESST Administrative Rules

Complaints and Administrative Appeals Handbook

A citizen handbook has been developed in order to help the public understand both the complaint process as well as the administrative appeals process for Earned Sick and Safe Time enforcement. This handbook explains how the city will process complaints, carry out investigations, administer appeals, and enforce the ordinance.

Complaints and Administrative Appeals Handbook

 

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.