Amendments to Minnesota’s Parenting Leave Act took effect Aug. 1, expanding the definition of “covered family members” from just children. Now the definition includes not only minor children and those attending school (up to age 20), but also the employee’s own spouse, siblings, adult children, parents, grandparents and step-parents.
Covered employees may use up to 160 hours in a 12-month period to care for family members as the law now defines them. Employees with more accrued leave may use the time for their own illnesses.
Advice: Given the multiple categories of leave and the need to mesh with the federal, consult with your attorney to ensure that your policies and tracking mechanisms comply with both the federal and state laws.