Sick Leave Expansion Bill: Guidance for Cities

The League has prepared an FAQ document to help cities comply with new sick leave legislation.
(Published Jun 25, 2013)

Prior to Aug. 1, 2013, Minnesota Statutes, section 181.9413 required cities with 21 or more employees to allow the use of sick leave for an employee’s children on the same terms the employee is able to use sick leave benefits for the employee's own illness or injury. For example, if the city permits sick leave use for an employee’s physician appointment, then the employee can use sick leave for a child’s physician appointment as well.

Effective Aug. 1, the law has been expanded to include other relatives: adult children, spouses, siblings, parents, grandparents, and stepparents. However, for these relatives, the leave is limited to 160 hours in any 12-month period. The 160-hour limit does not apply to the employee’s stepchild, biological or foster child, either under 18 or under 20 if still attending secondary school.

The League has developed guidance on this new law in the form of Frequently Asked Questions.

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