Leave laws, regulations, and ordinances continue to change in Minnesota. The city of Duluth, Minnesota, repealed its Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance effective Jan. 17, 2024. The Duluth ESST had guaranteed paid leave for qualifying employees working in the city since Jan. 1, 2020. Minnesota’s statewide ESST statute went into effect on Jan. 1, 2024. The Duluth City Councilors who moved for repeal of the ESST ordinance  stated that Minnesota’s state-wide ESST law rendered the city’s ordinance unnecessary.

The ESST ordinances in Minneapolis and St. Paul remain in effect. Employers and employees should note the differences between the local ordinances and Minnesota’s state law. Employers are also reminded of Minnesota’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave program, which begins providing benefits to certain employees working in Minnesota starting Jan. 1, 2026.

If you have questions about Minnesota’s state-wide mandatory leave laws, local leave laws in Minnesota, or the mandatory employee leave laws around the country, please reach out to the Jackson Lewis attorney with whom you often work or any member of our Disability, Leave and Health Management team.