Labor and Industry April 2016 News

Below is a recap of recent news from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. DLI oversees the state's programs for apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, and workers' compensation.
Minnesota OSHA recognizes Lou-Rich with safety and health award

The Minnesota Department of Labor 
and Industry recognized the Lou-Rich Hayward Division as a Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP) worksite on March 31.
MNSHARP is a Minnesota OSHA program that recognizes organizations where managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs that go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards and result in immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses.
Lou-Rich, in Hayward, Minnesota, provides assembly contract engineering and lean manufacturing solutions for a variety of companies.
License Lookup
Licensees can now view CE history online
As a part of DLI's commitment to improving the service we provide to our licensees, we have recently developed a process that allows licensees to see information regarding the continuing education (CE) history that DLI has in its records for each licensee:
  • Use DLI's online license lookup to see the courses you've taken
  • Look up your license using your name or license number
  • Click on 'Detail' next to your record
  • Click on 'View Details' next to the CE field
  • Enter your license number (including two-letter prefix) and last four SSN digits when prompted
  • CE courses will be displayed beginning with your most recent courses
  • You will see the last five years of CE
  • If you believe that DLI's records of your CE experience are incomplete, please call us at (651) 284-5031 or send an email to  

Information about the CE requirements for each license type can be found on our website. 

New edition of CCLD Review newsletter is available

A new edition of the CCLD Review newsletter -- CCLD's quarterly publication -- has been posted on DLI's website and sent to subscribers.

Some of the stories in this edition include:
  • Construction Conference draws a crowd
  • Building official courses expanded
  • Spring seminars begin April 6
  • View your continuing education history online
  • Backflow protection, testing for fire sprinklers
  • Prefabricated building systems must have IBC labels
  • Unlicensed residential contractor fined $10,000
  • DLI shares electrical safety information at fair convention
  • Limited electrical inspections April 26, 2016, due to training
  • and more ...
View all of the articles in the current edition of the newsletter and archived copies here.

Is registered apprenticeship right for you?

Registered apprenticeship is a time-tested employee training system that combines job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning.
A pair of fliers now available from Apprenticeship Minnesota explain the details of a registered apprenticeship program, why someone may want to become an apprentice and how to explore starting an apprenticeship program at your business.
Newspaper editorial: PIPELINE Project is a good use of Minnesota's tax dollars

The Minnesota PIPELINE (private investment, public education, labor and industry experience) Project was the topic of a recent editorial in the Brainerd Dispatch. The program's goal is to extend dual-training and apprenticeship programs in Minnesota.
The news last week that Pequot Tool & Manufacturing was awarded a $109,670 grant to train employees in advanced manufacturing is a step in the right direction-an idea that should be applauded and encouraged in other areas of business throughout the state.
The grant is courtesy of the new Minnesota PIPELINE (private investment, public education, labor and industry experience) program, established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2014, and expanded in 2015, to support dual-training and apprenticeship programs in Minnesota. The dual-training grant program helps employers and training providers deliver dual training to meet industry-developed occupational competency standards.
Two annual work comp reports updated, available online
Reports track collection, assessment of fines and prompt first action on claims
The Department of Labor and Industry's Workers' Compensation Division recently updated two of its annual reports, which are available online. 
"Labor and Industry is committed to ensuring equitable, healthy and safe work and living environments in Minnesota. Through outreach, education and compliance efforts, we strive to improve the quality of life for Minnesota workers and their families."
-- DLI Commissioner Ken Peterson
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