June 2023

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New Protections for Nursing Mothers, Pregnancy Accommodations and Parental Leave in Minnesota

The new Minnesota Omnibus jobs law broadens protections for lactating employees and increases pregnancy accommodation rights and expanded unpaid parental leave. For Lactating Employees, did the new law will remove the 12 month limit, remove employer rights to deny reasonable break time and provide a better space other than a bathroom? Yes, Yes and Yes …

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Goodbye to Noncompete Agreements in Minnesota

Under the new Minnesota Omnibus Jobs Bills, noncompete agreements are outlawed in the state of Minnesota effective July 1, 2023. Are there any new situations going forward after July 1 in which these agreements can still be executed? Yes, but limited only to the sale or dissolution of the business. What about existing noncompete agreements …

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Navigating the New Minnesota Paid Sick Leave Law

New statewide Minnesota law will require employers to provide paid time off to all employees for designated personal and family reasons.  What is the new law:  State-wide, mandated paid sick and safe leave time All Minnesota employers with 1 or more employees – including temporary and seasonal employees Effective January 1, 2024 Employees accrue paid …

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Recreational Marijuana Legalized in Minnesota

What is the law? Under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is still considered an illegal substance. Minnesota’s new bill legalizes the possession and use of marijuana for Minnesotans 21 and older. Parts of the bill will be effective overtime, but adult possession, use and cultivation take effect on July 1st, 2023. The law limits …

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Minnesota Passes Major Employment Laws Impacting All Minnesota Employers

Very recently the Minnesota legislature and Gov. Tim Walz have passed two major laws that will substantively impact all Minnesota employers. First, recreational marijuana is now legal effective July 1, 2023. Secondly, the separate Omnibus Jobs bill contains two of the most significant new features of these laws. It will require employers to provide paid …

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