At a Mother’s Day signing, Governor Mark Dayton made the Women’s Economic Security Act law in Minnesota. The new law identifies nine employment areas designed to improve working conditions. The hallmark of the bill is a new requirement that allows a parent up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and parenting leave at the birth or adoption of a child. Minnesota is one of only a handful of states allowing this longer time frame. The bill received bipartisan support in both houses of the Minnesota Legislature.