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Labor Standards -- Frequently asked questions about wage disclosure protection

Are all Minnesota employers required to include notice of the Wage Disclosure Protection law in their employee handbook?
Every Minnesota employer must comply with the new Wage Disclosure Protection law in the Women's Economic Security Act. Under this law, no employer can prohibit employees from disclosing their own wages. This law will become Minnesota Statutes 181.172; it can currently be seen at 2014 Minnesota Laws Chapter 239, article 4, section 2.

Employers that provide an employee handbook to their employees must include in the handbook a notice of employee rights and remedies under the Wage Disclosure Protection law.

  • Sample:  Notice to employees -- Under the Minnesota Wage Disclosure Protection law, you have the right to tell any person the amount of your own wages. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for disclosing your own wages. Your remedies under the Wage Disclosure Protection law are to bring a civil action against your employer and/or file a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry at (651) 284-5070 or 1-800-342-5354.

For more information

If you don't see your question answered here or want more information about any of these subjects, contact the Department of Labor and Industry, Labor Standards unit, at dli.laborstandards@state.mn.us, (651) 284-5070 or
1-800-342-5354.

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