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New Minnesota law aims to close gender gap in the workplace

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by Julie Giddings, Esq., Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis

With great fanfare, Minnesota’s new Women’s Economic Secu­­rity Act (WESA) was signed into law on Mother’s Day in May 2014. WESA is aimed at closing the gender gap by breaking down barriers to economic progress for women. It creates a number of new legal requirements and amends various existing laws.

In light of these changes, employers need to review and update their handbooks and practices regarding discrimination, parental leave and accommodations, among others. Most WESA provisions have already gone into effect, making it important to update policies and practices now.

Here’s what you need to know about Minnesota’s new law.

Parental leave

WESA amended the Minnesota Paren­­tal Leave Act (MPLA) to bring it more in line with the federal FMLA. Like the FMLA, the MPLA now provides for up to 12 weeks of leave; six weeks were previously available.

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