Parental leaves

County employees are eligible for parental leaves to care for children, foster children, or grandchildren.

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Childbirth, adoption, foster care, and pregnancy leave

Eligible employees

  • Regular or
  • Probationary

All employees – both female and male – are eligible for leave of absence due to childbirth as well as for placement of a child for adoption and foster care.

Amount of time granted

Eligible employees may be granted up to 12 weeks for:

  • The birth of a child and care for the newborn child
  • The placement of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child
  • Prenatal care or incapacity due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related health conditions

How medical leave works with other leaves

Childbirth, adoption, or foster care leave runs concurrent with an employee’s:

  • Paid leave (sick, vacation and/or PTO)
  • All other types of leave including, but not limited to, workers’ compensation, Family Medical Leave (FMLA), Minnesota Parental Leave Act and special leave without pay (SLWOP)

How to submit a request for time off

Step one

Notify your supervisor you will be absent. Follow department policies/procedures.

Step two

Sheriff's employees can contact Kathleen Smith at

For all other county employees

  • Complete the leave of absence request form (county access is required to view/complete this form. Speak to your supervisor if you do not have county access and s/he will complete the form on your behalf). This is separate from the paid parental leave request process.

Step three

Have your physician complete the certification form provided by your supervisor.

Return the completed certification form to the Leave and Accommodation Management (LAM) Office within 15 days.

Return the form by:

  • Fax: 612-466-9391 or
  • Mail:
    Leave and Accommodation Management Office
    300 S 6th St
    A-400 Government Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55487-0040

A LAM coordinator will send a designation form, approving or denying the leave request.

Step four (optional)

To find out how paid leave, FMLA, short-term disability (if applicable) and vacation/PTO donation program (if applicable) run concurrently when you are absent from work, email a request to the LAM Office.

Step five

FMLA leave time should be coded on timesheets in addition to sick leave, PTO or other paid leave codes. Your supervisor will complete your timesheet if you are not at work.

  • Time Reporting Code = Sick - SCK or Vacation - VAC or PTO (In some cases workers' comp or unpaid leave may be appropriate)
  • Task = FMLA

Step six

Notify the LAM Office of your intent to return to work at least two days prior.

Provide any necessary medical release, as indicated on your designation form, to the LAM Office

Return form by:

  • Fax: 612-466-9391 or
  • Mail:
    Leave and Accommodation Management Office
    300 S 6th St
    A-400 Government Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55487-0040

Minnesota Parental Leave Act

Eligible employees

  • Employed by Hennepin County for at least 12 months and
  • Worked an average of 20 hours or more per week during the 12 months prior to the start of the leave

How MPLA works with other leaves

Minnesota Parental Leave Act runs concurrent with an employee’s:

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