New Workplace Protections for Mothers and Employee Handbook Mandate Required on July 1, 2023

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You may have heard that during its 2023 session, the Minnesota Legislature amended state law relating
to nursing mothers, lactating employees, and pregnancy accommodations. The new law expands the
rights of employees, clarifies pregnancy accommodations, and describes types of adverse actions that an
employer may not take in response to an employee exercising their rights under the statute.

The new law also requires that, “An employer that provides an employee handbook to its employees
must include in the handbook notice of employee rights and remedies under this section.” The
Legislature also directed the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to
develop that notice, and the Commissioner has done so. The notice can be found here.

These rights, responsibilities, and handbook requirements apply to all Minnesota with one (1) or more
employees. And the changes, including the handbook mandate, go into effect July 1, 2023. This means
that covered employers must familiarize themselves with this new law and implement any needed
policy changes, including the required handbook notice, by then.

For more information about another major change in employment law going into effect on July 1, 2023,
see Noncompetes Nullified!

Please contact us for more information on how to implement these policy changes required under these
new legal standards.

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