Under Minnesota law, an employer with at least one employee may be required to provide school conference and activities leave to eligible employees.  See Minn. Stat. § 181.9412.  Here’s what employers need to know about school conference and activities leave:

Leave Requirements:  An employer must grant an eligible employee up to 16 hours of leave during any 12-month period to attend school conferences or school-related activities related to the employee’s child (including a foster child), but only if the conferences or school-related activities cannot be scheduled during non-work hours.  In addition, if the employee’s child receives child care services, or attends a prekindergarten regular or special education program, the employee may use the leave time to attend a conference or activity related to the employee’s child, or to observe and monitor the services or program, but only if the conference, activity, or observation cannot be scheduled during non-work hours.

Employee Eligibility for Leave:  In order to be eligible for school conference and activities leave, an employee must have worked at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the request for leave.

Scheduling of Leave:  When the leave cannot be scheduled during non-work hours and the need for the leave is foreseeable, the employee must provide reasonable prior notice of the leave and make a reasonable effort to schedule the leave so as not to disrupt unduly the operations of the employer.

Unpaid Leave:  School conference and activities leave is unpaid under Minnesota law.  However, the statute states that an employee may substitute any accrued paid vacation leave or other appropriate paid leave.