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Grants awarded

Earned sick and safe time grants have been awarded to the following organizations, which received and split $300,000 in funding for programs from Oct. 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024.

  • Centro De Trabajadores Unidos En La Lucha in collaboration with Unidos Minnesota – $100,000

  • Minnesota Training Partnership – $65,000

  • Restaurant Opportunities Center – Minnesota – $45,000

  • Greater Minnesota Worker Center – $35,000

  • Minnesota Seeds of Justice – $20,000

  • Project FINE – $20,000

  • Cancer Legal Care – $15,000

Application period

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This grant funding is to increase worker knowledge and understanding of Minnesota's new earned sick and safe time law through outreach, education and technical assistance.

Minnesota workers have a variety of workplace protections to ensure they are treated fairly and compensated appropriately for their work in Minnesota. As a result of the 2023 legislative session, Minnesota workers will have even greater protections in the workplace. However, certain barriers, including those related to education, income, immigration status, geographic isolation and language access, can impact workers' awareness of their rights and access to services that can help. This grant aims to empower workers, especially those who encounter barriers, by teaching them about their workplace rights and the options available to them when their rights are violated.

This grant program seeks to reach Minnesota workers, especially those who experience barriers that reduce access to legal rights information and remedies available, to educate them about the new earned sick and safe time law through methods that are community-centered, culturally relevant and accessible.


Contact Betsy Adamson, DLI, at 651-284-5196 or with questions or for technical assistance.

Other information

Minnesota earned sick and safe time law

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, Minnesota’s earned sick and safe time law requires employers to provide paid leave to employees who work in the state.  Sick and safe time can be used for various reasons, including when an employee is sick, to care for a sick family member or to seek assistance if an employee or their family member has experienced domestic abuse, stalking, or sexual assault. An employee earns one hour of sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked and can earn a maximum of 48 hours each year unless the employer agrees to a higher amount.