On March 18, 2020, the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota issued a frequently asked questions guide (FAQs) regarding the application of Minneapolis’ Sick and Safe Time Ordinance to absences related to COVID-19. The Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance covers any employer that has a physical location within the boundaries of the City of Minneapolis; and employs employees who work within Minneapolis for at least 80 hours in a year.
Employers with six (6) or more employees must provide paid sick and safe time. Employers with five (5) or fewer employees must provide sick and safe time, but they may choose to provide it unpaid. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, sick and safe time included illness or injury, medical treatment or preventative care, domestic or sexual assault, and care of a family member. In general, it is compensated at normal rates of pay and affects employers that do not already provide comparable or more generous time off.
The FAQs state that an employee may now also use accrued sick and safe leave for absences related to:
1. Coronavirus screening;
2. Care or quarantine due to COVID-19 symptoms or infection;
3. Quarantine following close contact with a COVID-19-infected or symptomatic person;
4. Caring for family members whose school or place of care was closed due to COVID-19; and
5. Workplace closures by order of a public official.
The FAQs clarify that business closures without an order of a public official, or employee absences without reason to believe the employee has contracted the illness are not covered uses under the ordinance. Finally, employees may only use sick and safe time to cover scheduled shifts or the shifts the employee would have expected to work had their work not been ordered closed by a public official.
All covered employees, including employees of "non-resident" employers, are entitled to accrued sick and safe time based upon hours worked in the City of Minneapolis since July 1, 2017.
A link to Minneapolis’ Sick and Safe Time Ordinance FAQs, is provided below:http://sicktimeinfo.minneapolismn.gov/uploads/9/6/3/1/96313024/covid-19_and_sst_3_18_20.pdf
The full text of the Minneapolis Ordinance is available at: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/government/ord/index.htm