Contact: Kenza Hadj-Moussa, TakeAction Minnesota, 612-386-9556
Minnesota House poised to pass Earned Sick and Safe Time today
(St. Paul, MN)—Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives will take up Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) on the House floor. Earned Sick and Safe Time is a basic employment standard that allows workers to accrue up to 48 hours of paid sick time to care for themselves or a loved one. It also protects workers from getting fired for needing sick time.
WHAT: Earned Sick and Safe Time (HF7) on the House Floor, authored by Rep. Liz Olson (DFL-Duluth)
WHEN: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (today)
WHERE: Watch Live
Background: The pandemic has made clear that our health and well being is tied together and we all benefit when workers have access to paid sick time. Three Minnesota cities, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth, have paid sick day ordinances. Sick time laws have passed in 13 states and D.C. Governor Walz included ESST in his supplemental budget. In Minnesota, about 36 percent of workers don’t have access to paid sick days. This includes essential workers and workers in industries dominated by women and people of color including retail, care, food service, and hospitality. Read more: Legislators, Workers, & Faith Leaders Speak Out on Urgent Need for Paid Sick Time
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