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Small Business Owner Offers ESST Advice

Baihly Warfield
Created: June 11, 2018 10:22 PM

Small business owner Adeline Wright has been offering sick and safe time to her employees for years. 

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She said she's seen a 20-30 percent increase in business since she did that, and she wanted to share her successes with others. 

"I've seen the benefits of taking good care of my employees. I don't have to put an Earned Sick and Safe Time policy in because I don't pay people less if they're sick. I just pay them for a full day and hope they get better," Wright said. "And I love them, and then they come back to work, and it's a win-win."

She opened up Monday night to have a discussion with other business owners and brought in Davis Senseman, whose law firm has helped businesses in Minneapolis implement ESST. 

"Most business owners were figuring it out anyway," Senseman said. "Most of them were small business owners in particular. If they have a good employee, if that employee's sick, they're going to still pay the employee."

Wright said her best advice is not to be scared of new policies.

"We want people to feel cared for. We want everybody to have a fair share. We want employers to be doing well," she said. "And when you put money back in the hands of your employees, they spend it in your community. They spend it at your business. And it actually is really beneficial."

Duluth's Earned Sick and Safe ordinance goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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