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Minnesota Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Minnesota provides family and medical leave protections to both public and private employees through its Parental Leave Act (MN Stat. Sec. 181.940et seq.).
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All employers of 21 or more employees at one site are covered by Minnesota's Parental Leave Act. However, for purposes of the school leave allowed under the Act, an employer means a person or entity that employs one or more employees in Minnesota.
To be eligible for the leave, an employee must be employed for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the request for leave and work at least half the full-time equivalent position in the employee's job classification, as defined by the employer's personnel policies or practices.
Parental leave may be taken for the birth or adoption of a child, prenatal care, pregnancy, childbirth, or related health conditions . The Minnesota law also provides leave for working parents to visit school and early childhood programs.
An employee may use personal sick leave benefits for absences due to a covered family member's illness or injury and for "safe" leave associated with sexual assault, domestic abuse, or stalking.
A child means an individual under 18 years of age or under the age of 20 who is still attending secondary school.
Birth or adoption leave. An employee may take an unpaid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child, as well as for prenatal care, pregnancy, childbirth, or related health conditions.The employee determines the length of the leave, but it cannot exceed 12 weeks unless agreed to by the employer. The leave begins at a time requested by the employee. Leave taken in ...

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