Employment and Labor Laws

Minnesota

Minnesota Minimum Wage, Overtime, Hours and Leave Laws


Minimum Wage

Minnesota’s current minimum wage is $10.08 for employers whose gross annual sales or business is $500,000 or more. The rate is $8.21 for employers whose gross annual sales or business is less than $500,000.

For more information on Minnesota’s minimum wage laws, visit our Minnesota Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.

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Overtime

Minnesota labor laws require employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 48 hours in a workweek, unless otherwise exempt. MN Overtime Facts. Federal law requires employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek, unless otherwise exempt. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding federal overtime requirements.


Prevailing Wages

Under certain circumstances, employers in Minnesota may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Minnesota Prevailing Wages, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.


Meals and Breaks

Minnesota labor laws require employer to provide employees restroom time and sufficient time to eat a meal. The meal time requirement applies to employees who work eight (8) or more consecutive hours. If the break is less than twenty (20) minutes in duration, it must be paid. Time to use the nearest restroom must be provided within each four (4) consecutive hours of work. Minn. Statutes 177.253 and 177.254.


Nursing Mother Breaks

Minnesota labor laws required employer to allow employees who are nursing mothers to take reasonable break time to express breast milk unless doing so would unduly disrupt the operations of the employee. Employers are not required to pay employees for nursing mother breaks but must, if possible, allow employees to express breast milk at the same time they have already provided breaks including paid breaks.

Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide employees who are nursing mothers with a private room or other location, in close proximity to the work are, other than a bathroom or toilet stall, with an electrical outlet that shields them from view and is free from intrusion from coworkers and the public. MN Statute 181.393


Vacation Leave

Information about Minnesota vacation leave laws may now be found on our Minnesota Leave Laws page.


Sick Leave

Information about Minnesota sick leave laws may now be found on our Minnesota Leave Laws page.


Holiday Leave

Information about Minnesota holiday leave laws may now be found on our Minnesota Leave Laws page.


Jury Duty Leave

Information about Minnesota jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Minnesota Leave Laws page.


Voting Leave

Information about Minnesota voting leave laws may now be found on our Minnesota Leave Laws page.


Severance Pay

Minnesota labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


Unemployment

Under certain circumstances, Minnesota residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Minnesota State Unemployment Benefits.


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