Minnesota Telecommuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Minnesota Telecommuting: What you need to know

The state Department of Transportation supports telework programs to reduce traffic, conserve energy, and increase flexibility to enhance employees' work/life issues.
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The state government allows employees to commute from their homes or from telework centers. Minnesota Enterprise Human Resources provides telework policies and acknowledgment forms at www.mn.gov.
Under Minnesota law, rest periods lasting 20 minutes, including lunch breaks, must be included as hours worked. Breaks of more than 20 minutes are deemed to be on the employee's time and need not be counted toward hours worked (Minn. R. 5200.0120). Employers are required to allow employees adequate time within each four-hour period to utilize the nearest convenient restroom (Minn. Stat. § 177.253). Additional break information is available at the Minnesota rest periods section.
Minnesota requires employers to reimburse employees for all business expenses, including equipment and “consumable supplies” used in employment, upon termination (Minn. Stat. § 177.24).
The City of Minneapolis provides rules for alternative schedules and telework, including agreements and forms, at www2.minneapolismn.gov. Move Minneapolis also provides resources, including an annual telework guide, at moveminneapolis.org.
The City of St. Paul considers telecommuting to be a viable option that is permitted at the discretion of management. Guidelines that apply to all city employees may be found at www.stpaul.gov.
Minnesota statutes are available at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/.
Last reviewed on August 9, 2021.

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