Does This Law Apply to My Organization in Minnesota?

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Author: Ashley Shaw, XpertHR Legal Editor

While all employers must follow applicable federal law, there are also laws specific to Minnesota that an employer in this state must follow. The following chart lists some of the most significant state laws in Minnesota and which employers must follow them; however, it is important to note that there are many requirements an employer must follow in addition to those listed here.

Unless otherwise stated, the employee threshold refers to the number of employees within the state. Where "All Employers" is listed, there may still be limited exceptions, such as agricultural employers or employers that employ only family members.

Law Covered Employers

Adoptive Parent Leave Act

All employers that permit paternity or maternity time off to a biological mother or father

Charitable Hospitals Act (CHA)

Charitable hospital employers

Minnesota Access to Consumer Reports Act (MACRA)

All employers

Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA)

All employers

Minnesota Employee-Right-to-Know Act (MERTKA)

Employers that use or manufacture hazardous substances

Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act

All employers, with a few exceptions

Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA)

All employers

Minnesota Labor Disputes Injunction Act (MLDIA)

Public employers, primarily

Minnesota Labor Relations Act (MLRA)

Private employers, with certain provisions applying to public employers

Minnesota Lawful Consumable Products Act

All employers

Minnesota Privacy of Communications Act (MPCA)

All employers

Minnesota Public Employment Labor Relations Act (MPELRA)

Public employers

Minnesota Retirement Law

All employers

Minnesota Whistleblower Act (MWA)

All employers

Minnesota Women's Economic Security Act (WESA)

All employers

Minnesota Workers' Compensation Act

All employers

Minnesota's Equal Pay for Equal Work Law

All employers

Pregnancy and Parenting Leave Act

Employers with 21 or more employees at one site

Sick Leave Benefits; Care of Relatives Act

Employers with 21 or more employees at one site

Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction Act (AWAIR)

Industrial employers whose workplaces are specifically designated by Minnesota law to have and implement written safety programs