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Author: Susan K. Fitzke, Littler Mendelson, PC
- Generally, family and medical leave laws require covered employers to provide eligible employees with job-protected leaves of absence for certain qualifying reasons. The primary federal law governing leave is the Family and Medical Leave Act. Minnesota employers may also be subject to the Parenting Leave Act and the Sick or Injured Child Care Leave Act. See Family and Medical Leave, Generally.
- The Minnesota Parental Leave Act requires a covered employer to permit eligible employees to take up to six weeks of unpaid leave in conjunction with the birth or adoption of a child. See Length and Purpose of Leave.
- Employers located or doing business in Minnesota with one or more employees must provide 10 working days of unpaid leave to an employee whose immediate family member, who is a member in the US armed forces, has been injured or killed while in active duty. See Leave for Immediate Family Members of Military Personnel Injured or Killed in Active Duty.
- Minnesota Adoptive Parents Leave provides that an employer, regardless of its number of employees, who permits paternity or maternity time off to a biological mother or father must, upon request, grant time off, with or without pay, to an adoptive father or mother. See Minnesota Adoptive Parent Leave.
- The Sick Leave Benefits; Care of Relatives Act (previously referred to as the Sick or Injured Child Care Leave Act) allows eligible employees to use personal sick leave benefits for absences due to the illness or injury of the employee's child and other covered family members on the same terms as the employee is permitted to use the sick leave benefits for his or her own illness or injury. See Sick Leave Benefits; Care of Relatives Act.
- Every employee is entitled to take up to 16 hours unpaid leave a year to attend their children's school conferences, classroom activities, child care or other early childhood program. Employees may use vacation time. See Other Working-Parent Rights.