Minnesota maternity leave laws include the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), along with a state-based regulation that extends similar legal rights to more parents.

However, the twelve weeks of time off from work with health insurance continuation remains unpaid. New mothers and fathers must plug this hole on their own.


Many different private and government programs offer financial assistance for single mothers in Minnesota. It is very difficult to earn sufficient income while raising children by yourself.

Find the monetary help you need to deal with emergency hardship situations caused by unemployment, medical bills, or a period with a disability.


Minnesota does not have a state-mandated temporary disability program for public employees or workers in private industry. However, civil servants can enroll through their agency and pay premiums by payroll deduction.

Without a statutory program in place, residents should take proactive steps to guard their finances in case a passing medical problem prevents them from working.