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Minnesota Paid Family Medical Leave Update and Implementation Dates

06 Mar

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Update Applicable to:Effective date
All employersJanuary 1, 2026


What happened?

On May 25, 2023, Governor Tim Walz signed House File (HF) 2 into law to create a state paid family and medical leave program, which will be administered by a new Family and Medical Benefit Insurance Division (the Division) of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The DEED also launched a calendar showing when the requirements will be implemented.


What are the details?

The DEED recently launched the Minnesota Paid Leave website and issued an update detailing the upcoming employer wage submission and providing answers to the top three questions the Department is receiving.

According to the information on the page:

  • For mid-2024: employers will be required to submit a wage detail report, which will detail the quarterly wages received and hours worked for each employee.
  • For January 2025 (no exact date was established): employers must notify their employees about the program. The Paid Leave program will provide language for this notification.
  • For January 1, 2026: employers are required to submit any premium payments due.


This leave program is different from the Minnesota Earned Sick and Safe Time law (ESST or ESSL) or paid sick leave. 

For a breakdown of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program prepared by Ogletree Deakins law firm, you can visit the following webpage.

For some FAQs prepared by Littler Mendelson law firm to assist employers, visit the following webpage.

Vensure HR will monitor any updates that the Department of Minnesota Of Employment and Economic Development for any valuable information that you may require.


Business Considerations

  • Take a proactive approach and monitor the Department’s Paid Leave website for clarity and deadlines related to the required submissions.
  • Review the resources provided above by the law firms so you can create or update any policies as needed.
  • Take into consideration when creating or updating your policies that the Minnesota Paid Family and Medical Leave Program is different (although some similar) to the Minnesota Earned Sick and Safe Time Leave.
  • Educate your HR personnel and management staff how to identify the key differences between the Minnesota leave programs.


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