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                         Laws of Minnesota 1991 

                         CHAPTER 48-H.F.No. 324 
           An act relating to employment; regulating an 
          employee's lien for wages; amending Minnesota Statutes 
          1990, section 514.59. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1990, section 514.59, is 
amended to read: 
    514.59 [WAGES, LIEN AS AGAINST SEIZURE.] 
    Every employee has a lien upon all the property of that 
person's employer, as against any attachment or execution levied 
thereon, for the security of the employee's wages earned within 
the six months last preceding, to an amount not exceeding $1,000 
or five weeks net wages, whichever is greater, subject to a 
maximum of $3,000.  For purposes of this section, "wages" 
includes payments required to be made to a vacation or health, 
welfare, or pension fund on behalf of the employee.  The lien 
shall not be affected by any agreement with the employer to 
waive the lien, and shall be preferred to mortgages, judgments, 
and other liens which attach after the beginning of the labor or 
services by which the wages were earned. 
    Presented to the governor May 2, 1991 
    Signed by the governor May 6, 1991, 11:12 a.m.