State employers. Minnesota public offices are closed on these holidays and public employees are entitled to them as paid days off. Columbus Day is not a paid holiday for the Executive Branch of the state government. The day after Thanksgiving Day is a holiday for the Executive Branch only, although the governor may decree it a paid holiday for other branches (MN Stat. Sec. 645.44(5)).
Any employee of the state, its political subdivisions, or a municipality who observes a religious holiday on days that do not fall on a Sunday or a legal holiday is entitled to such days off for observance. Such days off will be unpaid, except where the employee has accumulated annual leave, and in that case, such days must be charged against the accumulated annual leave of the employee or unless the employee is able to work an equivalent number of days at some other time during the fiscal year to compensate for the days lost (MN Stat Sec. 15A.22).
Private employers. Private employers are not obligated by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off.
Reviewed April 2015.