15 Days Emergency Paid Time Off for COVID-19

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Minnesota State Legislature

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Minnesota’s Governor Walz has declared a State of Emergency due to COVID-19 for the safety and well being of all Minnesotans. As this crisis grows, more and more workers are being asked to work from home, or have to miss work for reasons related to the pandemic. Poor communities of color and other marginalized communities are the driving force in our state’s economy, yet they will face the brunt of this crisis, as most of low-wage jobs cannot be done remotely and poverty wages do not allow for families to establish emergency savings. We are concerned about the health and well being of our communities during this time.

In order to ensure that our communities can pay for food, medical needs and other basic needs, we are calling on the State of Minnesota to enact a policy for 15 days of Emergency Paid Time Off paid for by employers and provided to all workers, no exceptions, who have to miss work (including retroactively covering days that have already been lost) due to the coronavirus pandemic for any reason, be it for a temporary job shut down, personally getting sick, caring for kids when schools shut down, or any other related reason. The 15 days should be in addition to whatever benefits workers already have in their workplace. To avoid impacting small businesses, we are calling on the state to implement a separate tax on the largest businesses in the state including Amazon, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, Target, Ecolab and others, and small to medium sized businesses can apply for a tax credit equal to 100% of the paid sick leave benefit they have paid out. If workers have to miss more than 15 days for any reason related to the crisis, they should be able to access unemployment insurance benefits immediately without counting the benefit against the employer's experience rating, and with a moratorium on employer challenges during the pandemic.

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El gobernador de Minnesota declaró el estado de emergencia debido a COVID-19 por la seguridad y el bienestar de todos los habitantes de Minnesota. Mientras esta crisis crece, hay más y más trabajadores que tienen que trabajar desde su casa, o que tienen que perder días de trabajo por razones relacionadas con la pandemia. Las comunidades de color pobres y otras comunidades marginalizadas son la fuerza impulsora de la economía de nuestro estado, sin embargo, serán los trabajadores y trabajadoras más afectados durante esta crisis, ya que la mayoría de los trabajos de bajos salarios no se pueden hacer de forma remota y los salarios de pobreza no permiten que las familias tengans ahorros de emergencia. Estamos preocupados y preocupadas por la salud y el bienestar de nuestras comunidades durante este tiempo.

Con el fin de garantizar que nuestras comunidades puedan pagar los alimentos, las necesidades médicas y otras necesidades básicas, estamos haciendo un llamado al Estado de Minnesota para que cree una póliza de emergencia de 15 días de pago para cubrir baja laboral, y que sea cubierta por los empleadores y proporcionada a todos los trabajadores y trabajadoras, sin excepciones, quienes tienen que faltar al trabajo (incluyendo cubrir retroactivamente los días que ya se han perdido) debido a la pandemia de coronavirus por cualquier motivo, ya sea por un trabajo cerrado temporalmente, enfermarse personalmente, cuidar a los niños y niñas cuando las escuelas cierran, o cualquier otra razón relacionada. Los 15 días deben ser adicionales a los beneficios que los trabajadores y trabajadoras ya tienen en su lugar de trabajo. Para evitar afectar a las pequeñas empresas, hacemos un llamado al estado para que implemente un impuesto separado sobre las empresas más grandes del estado, incluidas Amazon, US Bank, Wells Fargo, Target, Ecolab y otras, y, por otro lado, que las pequeñas y medianas empresas pueden solicitar un impuesto crédito equivalente al 100% del beneficio de días enfermos pagados que se han cubierto. Si los trabajadores y trabajadoras tienen que perder más de 15 días por cualquier motivo relacionado con la crisis, deberían poder acceder a los beneficios del seguro de desempleo inmediatamente sin represalia, y con una moratoria sobre los desafíos para los empleadores durante la pandemia.  

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To: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Minnesota State Legislature
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We are calling on the State of Minnesota to enact a policy for 15 days of Emergency Paid Time Off paid for by employers and provided to all workers, no exceptions, who have to miss work (including retroactively covering days that have already been lost) due to the coronavirus pandemic for any reason, be it for a temporary job shut down, personally getting sick, caring for kids when schools shut down, or any other related reason. The 15 days should be in addition to whatever benefits workers already have in their workplace. To avoid impacting small businesses, we are calling on the state to implement a separate tax on the largest businesses in the state including Amazon, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, Target, Ecolab and others, and small to medium sized businesses can apply for a tax credit equal to 100% of the paid sick leave benefit they have paid out. If workers have to miss more than 15 days for any reason related to the crisis, they should be able to access unemployment insurance benefits immediately without counting the benefit against the employer's experience rating, and with a moratorium on employer challenges during the pandemic.