Labor and Industry December 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.
National Apprenticeship Week celebrated throughout Minnesota
Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Nov. 14-20, 2016, as Apprenticeship Week in Minnesota. Minnesota celebrated Apprenticeship Week Nov. 14-20, 2016. Events throughout the state provided an opportunity for the apprenticeship community to tell its stories about apprenticeship.
DLI featured apprentices as part of an Apprenticeship Spotlight and DLI Commissioner Ken Peterson shared his thoughts about apprenticeship in an editorial titled "Apprenticeships: A great career pathway for Minnesota's workforce."
Thank you to all who participated in Apprenticeship Week 2016! If you have photos from your events you'd like to share, send them to and we'll feature them on our website.
DLI launches ePlans -- electronic plan review.
An open house to demonstrate the new software is Dec. 8, 2016, in St. Paul
ePlans is a Web-based workflow system that allows applicants and DLI staff members tocollaborate electronically during the plan review process. ePlans provides an alternative to printing and shipping paper construction documents to DLI and allows for numerous cost- and time-saving efficiencies including:
  • Upload documents electronically from the convenience of your office anytime.
  • Notations by the plan reviewer are added as an overlay on the electronic plans to provide clear direction for required corrections.
  • Re-submit corrected documents from the convenience of your office anytime.
  • Users are notified immediately and receive access to approved, stamped plans once the review is complete.
  • ePlans can be used for electronic review of plumbing, building, fire sprinkler and mechanical plans.
ePlans open house
DLI staff members will provide demonstrations and answer questions.
What:  ePlans open house
When:  2-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
Where:  Minnesota Room, DLI, 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN, 55155. Directions and parking information. 
Register to attend: Space is limited. RSVP by calling (651) 284-5857.
Workers' compensation costs continue to trend downward

The cost of workers' compensation benefits has been declining relative to payroll since the early 2000s. In the voluntary market (insured employers not in the Assigned Risk Plan), indemnity benefits declined from $.49 to $.30 cents per $100 of payroll between injury years 2000 and 2015, while medical benefits declined from $.56 to $.38 per $100.
Minnesota OSHA Compliance:  Who gets inspected?
Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance conducts more than 2,500 enforcement inspections each year. With approximately 180,000 worksites in Minnesota on any given day, who gets inspected?
MNOSHA Compliance gives priority to an inspection if:
  • someone sees or reports an imminent danger;
  • an employee has died at work;
  • more than three employees have been hospitalized following a workplace incident;
  • an employee has complained to MNOSHA about a safety or health hazard; or
  • the company is in an industry with high injury, illness and workers' compensation rates.
Learn more about who gets inspected at
Learn about the inspection process at
Answers to frequently asked wage and hour questions
The Department of Labor and Industry's Labor Standards unit answers hundreds of wage and hour questions for employees and employers.
Labor Standards has published answers to frequently asked questions online at
Injury, fatality investigation summaries available
Minnesota OSHA Compliance has investigated three fatalities during federal-fiscal-year 2017, which began Oct. 1, 2016, and ends Sept. 30, 2017.
Workplace fatality and serious-injury investigation summaries are available each month from Minnesota OSHA Compliance. The reports contain basic information about the business involved, a description of the event and the outcome of the investigation.
The summaries, plus other helpful workplace safety and health information from Minnesota OSHA, are online at
"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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