Labor and Industry December 2017 News

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News from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry


Dec. 1, 2017

State minimum-wage rate changes Jan. 1, 2018

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation Jan. 1, 2018

Rate goes to $9.65 for large employers

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to $9.65 an hour for large employers and $7.87 an hour for other state minimum wages.

To help employers understand the requirements, the our agency has updated its minimum-wage fact sheets at and its minimum-wage workplace poster at

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Apprenticeship Roundtable Join us for the Construction Apprenticeship Roundtable Jan. 9

Join the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for breakfast and a discussion about registered apprenticeship programs Jan. 9, 2018. In partnership with the 2018 Construction Industry Summit, this free roundtable event provides the opportunity for contractors, industry associations, apprenticeship sponsors and labor representatives to share their experiences with recruiting and retaining a skilled workforce through registered apprenticeship. Learn more about the roundtable and register.

2018 Minnesota Construction Summit is Jan. 9-10, 2018

Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, The Association of Women Contractors and the National Association of Minority Contractors have joined to offer the 1.5-day Minnesota Construction Summit. It includes six tracks targeting professionals in the areas of craft workers, project managers and project owners. Learn more and register.

Plumbing contractor licenses expire Dec. 31, 2017

All Minnesota plumbing contractor and restricted plumber licenses expire Dec. 31, 2017. Licenses can be renewed online or by submitting paper forms. 

New this year:  The license renewal fee is reduced from $168 to $128 for the two-year license. View renewal instructions and download renewal documents.



Apprenticeship:  An answer to Minnesota's skills gap

In recognition of the National Apprenticeship Week in November 2017, DLI Commissioner Ken Peterson offered this editorial. Read the editorial.

MNOSHA fatality, serious-injury investigation summaries online

Each month, Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance publishes current, updated summaries of its fatality investigations and serious-injury investigations.

For the current federal fiscal-year that began Oct. 1, 2017, MNOSHA Compliance has investigated four workplace fatalities and two serious injuries through Oct. 31.

The summaries, plus other helpful workplace safety and health information from Minnesota OSHA, are available online.

Serve on a state board or commission

Connect, engage and participate in the policy decisions that impact you by serving on a state board, commission or task force. Attend an information session to meet others who have served, hear about current opportunities and learn how to apply. 

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"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