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Other Leaves: Minnesota

Other Leaves requirements for other states

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

Author: Megan Anderson, formerly of Lathrop GPM


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in Minnesota. See Leaves of Absence.
  • Minnesota employers may be required to provide parental leave, adoption leave, kin care leave and family military leave under state law. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Minnesota employers must provide eligible employees with up to 16 hours of leave in a 12-month period to attend a child's school conferences and school-related activities. See School Activities Leave.
  • The Minnesota Workers' Compensation Act provides time off and payments to employees who sustain a work-related injury. See Workers' Compensation Leave.
  • Minnesota law protects employees who are absent for up to 21 consecutive workdays because the employee or a family member is quarantined or isolated due to a communicable disease. See Quarantine Leave.
  • Employers with 20 or more employees must grant paid leave for bone marrow donation. See Bone Marrow Donor Leave.
  • Employees may be entitled to time off to vote, to serve as an election judge, to attend meetings as an elected public official and to attend a political party convention. See Voting Leave; Election Official Leave; Legislative Leave; and Political Leave.
  • Jury duty service is protected by state law. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • Employers in Minnesota must provide employees with reasonable time off from work to attend criminal proceedings and to obtain a restraining order. See Crime Victim and Witness Duty Leave.
  • Minnesota prohibits an employer from penalizing an employee for taking reasonable time off from work to obtain an order of protection related to domestic abuse. See Domestic Violence Leave.
  • Minnesota law provides unpaid leave to employees to serve active duty in a time of war, to attend military ceremonies and events, and to serve as a Civil Air Patrol member. See Military Leave; Civil Air Patrol Leave.
  • Minnesota employers should provide employees with clearly written policies setting out the terms of any vacation, sick pay or paid time off, including payment upon termination. See Vacation, Sick Time or Paid Time Off Policies.
  • Localities including Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul have requirements pertaining to paid sick leave. See Local Requirements.