Alert: Employee Handbooks

Summer 2016 Firm Newsletter

Based on several recent changes in employment law, Minnesota employers should take care to update their existing employee handbooks to reflect such changes. For example, the Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014 contained various provisions that must be incorporated into existing employee handbooks. Minnesota employers’ handbooks must include a provision informing employees of their right to share information with their co-workers about their wages and the remedies available under the law if adverse action is taken because of such a disclosure. Employers also must ensure that their sick leave policy is consistent with the expansion of the Sick Leave Benefits statute that allows sick leave to be used for safety leave or for the care of various family members. Finally, Minnesota parenting leave policies must be revised to include the increased time off (from six weeks to twelve weeks) and the allowed uses of the leave (absences relating to pregnancy).

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