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St. Paul and Bloomington Amend Sick and Safe Time Ordinances

St. Paul, Minnesota and Bloomington, Minnesota have amended their sick and safe time ordinances to align with the state’s new sick and safe time law. Specific changes include the following:

  • Employees may start using sick and safe time upon accrual, rather than having to wait 90 days;
  • The definition of “family member” now includes the relatives of an employee’s spouse, any other individual related by blood or whose close association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship, as well as up to one individual annually designated by the employee;
  • A new qualifying reason for leave: the inability to work or telework because the employee is: (i) prohibited from working due to health concerns related to the potential transmission of a communicable illness related to a public emergency; or (ii) seeking or awaiting the results of a diagnostic test for, or a medical diagnosis of, a communicable disease related to a public emergency and such employee has been exposed to a communicable disease or the employee’s employer has requested a test or diagnosis;
  • Bloomington’s qualifying reasons for leave no longer includes the death of a family member;
  • Employers may require reasonable documentation to substantiate the reason for leave when the employee uses leave for more than three consecutive days;
  • St. Paul employers must provide notice of the ordinance to new employees upon hire and current employees by January 1, 2024 by:
    • posting a copy of the notice at each location where Employees perform work and where the notice must be readily observed and easily reviewed by all Employees performing work;
    • providing a paper or electronic copy of the notice to Employees; or
    • a conspicuous posting in a web-based or app-based platform through which an employee performs work.


The new ordinances are effective January 1, 2024. Policy templates are available in the “Resources” section of our product. A policy template is also available for Minnesota’s new state-level sick and safe leave ordinance, also effective January 1, 2024.