Labor and Industry News December 2015


December 2015

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.
Construction Industry Conference
Register now for the 2016 Construction Industry Conference on Feb. 18 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. This one-day conference at the Earle Brown Heritage Center will provide educational and networking opportunities about highway and heavy, commercial building, residential construction, and state contracts and procurement, plus informative general sessions for the entire construction industry.
The event will also provide updates about current regulations and an opportunity for feedback from the industry about building a better Minnesota.
November edition of COMPACT available
CompactThe newest edition of COMPACT, the quarterly newsletter from the Department of Labor and Industry's Workers' Compensation Division, was published in November.
The edition includes information about:  recent Minnesota Supreme Court decisions determining some workers' compensation benefits cannot be reduced by non-Social-Security retirement benefits; updates to department forms and online submission tools; new unit directors within the division; workers' compensation coverage for farms; when to file a First Report of Injury form and how to avoid penalties; how Minnesota compares to 16 other states for medical payments and utilization of services; training opportunities; and more.
The newsletter is a joint effort among the division's four units:  Alternative Dispute Resolution; Compliance, Records and Training; Special Compensation Fund; and Vocational Rehabilitation. The Research and Statistics, Office of General Counsel and Communications units also contribute.
Recap:  Apprenticeship Week 2015

National Apprenticeship Week was celebrated throughout Minnesota Nov. 2-8, 2015. It wasApprenticeship Weekan opportunity for the apprenticeship community to tell their stories about apprenticeship and share the advantages of developing careers through adoption of the apprenticeship model.
Apprenticeship Minnesota staff members traveled throughout Minnesota visiting programs and training centers during Apprenticeship Week. Did you celebrate Apprenticeship Week? Send your story to and we'll highlight it on our website.
Next free MNOSHA Construction Seminar is Jan. 19

Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance will host its next free Construction Seminar on Jan. 19
in Shoreview, Minnesota. The seminar will highlight workplace safety and health programs available through both MNOSHA Compliance and MNOSHA Workplace Safety Consultation, plus present trends in serious injuries and fatalities, and review basic recordkeeping requirements.
Annually, MNOSHA Compliance hosts five seminars for those in the construction industry.
Online summaries from Minnesota OSHA available
Reports contain fatality, serious-injury investigation information

Fatality and serious-injury investigation summaries for the federal fiscal-year 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.
Minnesota OSHA Compliance has investigated two fatalities so far in federal-fiscal-year 2016.
The summaries, plus other helpful workplace safety and health information from Minnesota OSHA, are online at
Subscribe to Minnesota Wage and Hour Bulletin
DLI's Labor Standards unit has launched an email newsletter, the Minnesota Wage and Hour BulletinSubscribers will receive occasional email messages about the Minnesota wage and hour laws enforced by Labor Standards.
"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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