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Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Minnesota

Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Meghann Kantke, formerly of Lathrop GPM


  • Under Minnesota law, provisions in an employee handbook may create binding contractual obligations on the employer. See Employee Handbook as Unilateral Contract.
  • Minnesota employers must have a written policy in place to conduct workplace drug and alcohol testing. See Drug and Alcohol Testing.
  • Minnesota law prohibits discipline or discharge because of employee off duty use of lawful consumable products. See Off Duty Conduct.
  • Minnesota law does not expressly prohibit private employers from regulating employee political activity, but employers are required to give employees time off to participate in elections and other political activities. See Political Activity.
  • Minnesota law prohibits discrimination because of an employee's marital status, so nepotism policies should be carefully drafted. See Nepotism.
  • Employers subject to Minnesota's AWAIR Act must have and implement written safety programs. See Workplace Safety.
  • The Women's Economic Security Act provides greater rights to female employees with respect to discrimination protection, reasonable accommodations for pregnancy and increased leave rights. See Women's Economic Security Act.
  • Minnesota employers may be required to provide employees with certain leaves of absence including adoption leave, domestic abuse leave, school activities leave and bone marrow donation leave. See Attendance and Leave.
  • Localities including Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul have requirements pertaining to work rules and employee conduct. See Local Requirements.