Heard It On The Hotline: School Activities Leave in Minnesota
Featuring frequently asked questions from Trusight's Research Hotline.
Can an employee in Minnesota take time off work to attend their children’s school activities?
Yes, Minnesota Statute 181.9412, the School Activities Leave law entitles every employee up to 16 hours of leave in any twelve month period to attend school conferences, school- related activities, child care or other early childhood programs of their children and/or foster children that cannot be scheduled during non-work time.
If the conference or activity can be scheduled in advance, the employee is required to make reasonable efforts to schedule the conference or activity in a way that minimizes disruption to the employer’s operation, and the employer is entitled to receive reasonable notice of the need to be away from work.
This law applies to Minnesota employers with one or more employees.
Employees’ do not need to be paid for school leave, but employees can use any accrued vacation leave available or other appropriate paid leave for this purpose.
For the purposes of this leave, the definition of a “child” is described in Minnesota Statute 181.940, subd 4; “Child” means an individual under 18 years of age or an individual under age 20 who is still attending secondary school.
The state of Minnesota has a link to statute 181.9412 on their Frequently Asked Questions website. See: www.dli.mn.gov/LS/FaqHours.asp
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