ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, the Human Services Committee heard testimony on Senator Sandra Pappas’s bill to guarantee earned sick and safe time for all Minnesota workers (HF 19). The bill would require businesses to allow full-time employees to earn up to one hour of time off for every 30 hours they work, up to 48 hours each year. The House passed HF 19 on Feb. 16 on a 69-54 vote.
“The reason I am bringing this bill before you is because everyone gets sick,” said Senator Pappas. “The pandemic was another reminder that when people get sick, they should be able to stay home; not just for their own health or that of a loved one, but for all of us. This bill would ensure that Minnesota is a state where regardless of the color of your skin, your income, or where you work, you can be there when your sick child needs you; where you can go to your doctor before your illness goes from bad to worse; where you can take time to recover from illness or seek support in the wake of sexual assault, without worrying about missing bills or even losing your job.”
The committee referred HF 19 to the Finance Committee on a voice vote.