Sick and safe time rules and FAQs available

Public comment period open through May 1

The City of Minneapolis has drafted rules and guidance (under employer and employee resources) to explain the sick and safe time ordinance, which takes effect July 1. The rules and guidance are now available for public review and comment until May 1.

Guidance in the form of frequently asked questions communicates how City staff may interpret the meaning of the ordinance. The rules outline the procedures that the City will use in enforcement. Based on feedback from the community, City staff will review both documents to ensure employer and employee rights and responsibilities are well-defined and understandable. Public comments and questions submitted by email to will help City staff identify where clarification is needed. Questions about the frequently asked questions should include “FAQs” in the subject line of the email. Questions about the rules should include “rules” in the subject line of the email.

People can also find more information and resources about the sick and safe time ordinance at

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges approved the sick and safe time ordinance last May. Phased enforcement begins this July 1. Currently, four out of 10 Minneapolis workers lack access to paid sick time.

With some exceptions, the new ordinance governs all employers. Those with six or more employees – including full-time, part-time and temporary employees or paid interns – will provide paid sick and safe time under the new law. Employers with five or fewer employees must provide time off, but they may choose to provide it unpaid.​ Other requirements include:

  • Employees may use sick and safe time for their own health and certain family members’ health.
  • Victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking may use sick and safe time to receive medical treatment and other necessary services.
  • Employees may use sick time to care for family members during emergency closure of school or place of care, including for inclement weather.
  • Employees will accrue one hour of sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked and can carry over accrued but unused sick time to the next year.