Minnesota Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance

Minnesota employers can access disability benefits through a private plan that meets the requirements of the Minnesota Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance program.

Coming Soon for Minnesota Employees

Arch Insurance Group Inc., a market leader in statutory disability and paid family leave markets, may provide private plan insurance to Minnesota employers who wish to use an alternative to the state program.

Minnesota HF2*

Governor Tim Waltz signed HF2 on May 25, 2023, a Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) bill that will provide employees up to 20 total aggregate weeks of paid leave per year. The statute applies to all employers, regardless of size or the number of employees in Minnesota. Federal employers, their employees and certain seasonal workers are exempt. Self-employed individuals and independent contractors may opt in to the state plan. Employees who earned at least 5.3% of the state average weekly wage (SAWW) over the prior four quarters prior to taking leave are eligible. Employees may use earnings from multiple employers to satisfy this requirement. Leave may be taken on a continuous or intermittent basis. Employers and employees will split the cost of the state plan 50/50. There is a small business exclusion for employers with fewer than 30 employees, who will pay a reduced amount under the state plan, which the state fund will absorb. Benefits are tiered based on the SAWW — the first 50% of the SAWW is replaced at 90%; the next 50% up to 100% of the SAWW is replaced at 66%; and the balance above 100% of the SAWW is replaced at 55%. Benefits are capped at 100% of the SAWW.

* Minnesota’s PFML program information is subject to change.

What’s Covered Under Minnesota’s PFML Program?

Under the Minnesota PFML program, an eligible employee may take time away from work for:

  • Family leave: To care for a family member with a serious health condition or to bond with a new child.
  • Medical leave: To care for one’s own serious health condition.
  • Safe leave: For employees and family members facing significant personal safety issues.
  • Military deployment: To support a family member deploying overseas.

Visit Minnesota’s Paid Leave website.

Timetable for Minnesota PFML

Date (subject to change)requirement
Jan. 1, 2026*State plan contributions begin. Benefits are set to begin.
There is no pre-funding of contributions for the state plan. The program will initially be funded through the state general fund.
*Proposed Dates

State Plan Benefit Duration

Under the state plan, up to 12 weeks may be taken for Medical Leave, and another 12 weeks may be taken for all other leave types, subject to an aggregate of 20 weeks of combined total leave within a benefit year.

Except for bonding leave, a claim for benefits must be based on a single qualifying event of at least seven calendar days and must be consecutive unless the leave is intermittent.

Equivalent Private Plan Details

Minnesota employers may apply for private plan exemption approval with the state. The private plan may be self-funded or fully insured and must provide benefits and protections that are the same or greater than those provided by the state.

Contact Us


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Corporate Contact

Thomas Foschino

VP, Accident and Health

+1 646 563 5517

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Sales Contact

Julie Lung

Business Development Manager

+1 720 457 0510

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Underwriting Contact

Jim Iannicelli

Assistant Vice President, Disability Underwriting

+1 201 743 3937

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Insurance coverage is underwritten by a member company of Arch Insurance Group Inc. This is only a brief description of the insurance coverage(s) available under the policy. The policy contains reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. Full details of the coverage are contained in the policy. If there are any conflicts between this document and the policy, the policy shall govern. Not all coverages are available in all jurisdictions.