Business and Employees
Keeping Healthy During COVID-19
The best available guidance for avoiding COVID-19 is to take the same precautions you take for colds and flu:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough and sneeze. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm, not your hands.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you're sick.
- Stay informed. Visit the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites often.
- If you have questions about health procedures, contact [email protected] or call the Minnesota Department of Health hotline at 651-201-3920.
- Food and lodging businesses, and those with pools, please consult this additional guidance from the Minneapolis Health Department.
COVID-19 impacts to Sick and Safe Time
Under the City’s sick and safe time ordinance, employers with six or more workers are required to provide time off at a minimum threshold of at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employers with five or fewer workers must also provide sick time, but it may be unpaid.
An employee's accrued sick and safe time hours are legally protected for their use due to coronavirus symptoms, testing or infection, both for the employee and for the employee to care for a covered family member, including for:
- Coronavirus screening
- Care or quarantine due to coronavirus symptoms or infection
- Testing or quarantine following close personal contact with a coronavirus infected or symptomatic person
- Covered family members' school or place-of-care closure due to coronavirus
- Workplace closure by order of a public official due to coronavirus
For more details on how sick and safe time can be used during the coronavirus outbreak, read the frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the sick and safe time ordinance on sicktimeinfo.minneapolismn.gov
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which took effect April 1, 2020, includes Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Leave for all private employers with fewer than 500 employees. Employees are eligible for up to two weeks (or 10 days) of paid sick leave, subject to an 80-hour cap for full-time employees.
- This leave will be reimbursed in full through an immediate offset against payroll taxes.
- This paid sick leave is in addition to any accrued sick leave under Minneapolis’ Sick & Safe Time ordinance and employees can use this federal emergency paid sick leave before using accrued sick and safe time.
Additional resources and information regarding relevant state and federal law and resources:
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Minnesota OSHA COVID-19 information
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 employer guidance
- Minnesota worker protections related to COVID-19
- COVID-19 or other public health emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act questions and answers
- COVID-19 or other public health emergencies and the Family and Medical Leave Act questions and answers
Last updated Apr 20, 2020