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Earned sick and safe leave ordinance takes effect July 2023

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Bloomington Briefing Published March 1, 2023
Updated on March 1, 2023

To protect the health and well-being of Bloomington’s workforce and residents, and following the lead of other large cities in Minnesota, the City Council adopted an earned sick and safe leave ordinance that takes effect July 1, 2023. 

Under the new ordinance, businesses with five or more employees must allow employees to earn a minimum of one hour of sick and safe leave for every 30 hours they work, up to a maximum of 48 hours annually. Employers with fewer than five employees must provide unpaid leave and can choose to provide paid leave. 

Employees can start using their accrued time 90 days after they begin employment. Thus, employees hired July 1 will be able to begin using accrued time on October 1, 2023. Current employees will be able to begin using accrued time as soon as they have accrued it. For more information, visit