St. Paul Small Business Owners Rally to Support Paid Sick Time Proposal

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August 08, 2016 02:19 PM

A group of small business owners in St. Paul rallied Monday to show their support for a paid sick time proposal.

Under the plan, workers would get an hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, capping off at 48 hours a year. They could roll over up to 80 hours.


The recommendation would cover all businesses in St. Paul no matter the size, whether public, private or family-owned. While casual employees are covered, independent contractors would not be covered.

The owner of Workhorse Coffee supports the ordinance and says it’s a matter of taking care of her employees.

“Paid sick time just makes sense to us,” owner Shannon Forney said. “Making sure employees can stay home if they are sick makes sense from a health perspective. We see our employees as a core to our success. They work hard for us, so we want to treat them fairly.”   

Between 2004 and 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health recorded 208 outbreaks of food-borne illnesses linked to employees working while sick.

The city council is expected to take a final vote at the end of the month. If it passes, the policy would take effect in January.


Jennie Lissarrague

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