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Labor Rights and Enforcement: Minnesota

Labor Rights and Enforcement requirements for other states

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

Author: Mark Mathison,Gray Plant Mooty


  • Minnesota has a private sector labor relations statute, known as the Minnesota Labor Relations Act (MLRA), but the MLRA is broadly preempted by the National Labor Relations Act, making it mostly inapplicable for nearly all private sector employment. See Minnesota Labor Relations Act.
  • Application of the MLRA is generally limited to very small employers that do not fall within the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. See Minnesota Labor Relations Act.
  • Minnesota has a labor relations anti-injunction statute that protects employees' right to organize that is generally applicable only where the federal labor law does not reach. See Minnesota Labor Disputes Injunction Act.