June 27, 2022

Volume XII, Number 178

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June 27, 2022

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Minnesota Amends Lactation Breaks, Pregnancy Accommodations Provisions

The start of the new year is a great time for Minnesota employers to review their policies and practices for compliance with the state’s Lactation Breaks and Pregnancy Accommodations laws.

Lactation Breaks

Employers are required to provide employees who need to express breast milk for their infant child reasonable break times each day. Beginning January 1, 2022, the amendments prohibit employers from reducing an employee’s compensation for time used for the purpose of expressing milk. Additionally, the amendments limit an employer’s obligation to the 12 months following the birth of the child.

Pregnancy Accommodations

The amendments also merged the provisions governing lactation breaks and pregnancy accommodations into one section, Minnesota Statute Section 181.939. This means that, Beginning January 1, 2022, employers with at least 15 employees (previously, 21 employees) are covered under the pregnancy accommodations provision. Additionally, there are no longer any length of time or average number of hours per week an employee must satisfy to qualify for the accommodation rights and protections under the statute.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 11
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Gina K. Janeiro, Employment Labor Attorney, Jackson Lewis Law firm
Office Managing Principal

Gina K. Janeiro is Office Managing Principal of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is certified as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist through the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Ms. Janeiro practices in all aspects of employment law and advises and represents clients in the areas of discrimination and harassment, disability management, employment contracts, wage and hour compliance, commission claims, noncompetition litigation, drug testing law, defamation, whistleblower and in closely-held corporation and partnership disputes. Ms...

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Hadley M. Simonett Associate Minneapolis
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Hadley M. Simonett is an Associate in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

While attending law school, Ms. Simonett was awarded the Minnesota Bar Association Law Student Award for Excellence in Employment Law and recognized for her dedication to public service. She served as an editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law, and President of the Student Employment and Labor Law Association from 2017-2019. She also participated in the Mediation Clinic, completing the 30-hour civil mediation training and becoming Minnesota Rule...

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