Rep. Luke Frederick: Minn. House approves Earned Sick & Safe Time for all Minnesota workers

Published On: February 17th, 20231 min readCategories: Covid-19, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News

 The Minnesota House approved legislation to expand Earned Sick and Safe Time benefits to all Minnesota workers. The legislation would ensure, at a minimum, one hour of paid Earned Sick and Safe Time for every 30 hours worked, up to at least 48 hours per year.


Over 900,000 Minnesota workers – a third of the state’s workforce – lack access to any paid time off when they or a family member are ill or need to see a doctor. Under the bill, Earned Sick and Safe Time could be used for the following purposes:


  • To attend to the worker’s physical and mental health needs, including illness, injury or doctor’s appointment
  • To attend to the physical and mental health needs of a family member (including illness, injury or appointment)
  • Absence due to domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking of the worker or a family member
  • If the worker’s job site is closed because of weather or a public emergency, or if a family member’s school is closed
  • If the health authorities have determined that the worker or his/her family needs to stay at home because they could jeopardize the health of others (like a pandemic)

Rep. Luke Frederick of Mankato voted in support of the bill

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