If passed, H.F. 3456 could benefit Minnesota workers

On Behalf of | Feb 24, 2024 | Employment Law

Like other states, Minnesota is constantly evaluating new bills that could affect both businesses and their employees. Some of these bills are designed to benefit workers to create a more employee-friendly environment in the state. A recently proposed bill, H.F. 3456, could help workers supplement their income by allowing them to take on work related to their primary job, a practice that was not previously permitted. 

Details of the bill 

H.F. 3456 concerns restrictive employment covenants in certain types of service jobs. If the bill is passed, it would make restrictive employment covenants void and unenforceable. This means that employees would have the option of working directly with a customer of their employer, without going through the employer.  

This bill would apply to many different employees in service industries. If passed, the bill would require employers to remove restrictions for employees by adding an addendum or signed memorandum acknowledging that the restrictions are not enforceable. This action would be required to be completed by the employer within one year of the passage of the bill. If passed, the bill would go into effect on July 1st, 2024. 

Seek help when facing employment issues 

Minnesota workers may not be aware of how best to protect themselves when facing an issue with their employer. It’s important for one to understand one’s rights and to seek help when needed. Anyone who has a question or concern about the way their employer has dealt with an issue, or has failed to address a problem, can benefit from seeking advice from an attorney who understands the state’s employment laws.