My colleagues on the employment side of our practice have written an Alert summarizing labor and employment laws enacted in the 2013 Minnesota legislative session. The first new law discussed in the Alert is an amendment to Minnesota statutes expanding the allowable uses of employee sick leave to cover illnesses and injuries of adult children, spouses, siblings, parents, grandparents and stepparents. Current law requires that sick leave be available to cover illnesses and injuries of (non-adult) children only. The new law contains some limitations described in the Alert. Minnesota employers will need to amend their sick leave policies by August 1, 2013, the effective date of the statute.