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SF 1264

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/26/2021 01:53pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to employment; prohibiting employers from discipline or discharge for
employee or applicant refusal to immunize; providing civil action remedies;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 181.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [181.9385] IMMUNIZATIONS; PROHIBITED EMPLOYER CONDUCT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For the purposes of this section, "employer" means all
persons employing one or more individuals in the state and includes the state and its
subdivisions.
new text end

new text begin (b) For the purposes of this section, "employee" means any individual, age 18 or older,
employed by an employer. The term also includes unpaid board members and other
volunteers.
new text end

new text begin (c) For the purposes of this section, "employ" means to permit an individual to work in
the state.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Prohibited practice. new text end

new text begin An employer must not discipline or discharge an employee
or refuse to hire a job applicant when the employee or applicant refuses to receive an
immunization, provided one or more of the following conditions are met:
new text end

new text begin (1) the employee or applicant provides a written statement, signed by a physician, to the
employer stating that an immunization is contraindicated for the individual due to medical
reasons or that laboratory confirmation of the presence of adequate immunity exists; or
new text end

new text begin (2) the employee or applicant provides a statement to the employer that the employee
or applicant has not been immunized because of conscientiously held beliefs.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Reasonable policies. new text end

new text begin An employer subject to this section may create reasonable
policies regarding the timing, form, and process for submissions under subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Remedy. new text end

new text begin The sole remedy for a violation of subdivision 2 is a civil action for
damages. Damages are limited to wages and benefits lost by the individual because of the
violation. A court shall award the prevailing party in the action, whether plaintiff or
defendant, court costs and a reasonable attorney fee.
new text end