Labor and Industry News for January 2020

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News from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry


January 2020

DLI continues wage theft outreach

Since the passage of the Wage Theft Prevention Act last year, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has done significant outreach with employers and employees about new rights and responsibilities created by the law.

DLI partnered with and presented to more than 60 employer association groups, engaging thousands of employers about the law. Presentations took place across Minnesota, including Bemidji, Rochester, St. Cloud and the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

DLI has received positive feedback from presentation attendees. Businesses and organizations interested in learning more about the law or that would like to schedule a speaker can call DLI Labor Standards at 651-284-5075.

   Photo of Dave Skovholt, outreach coordinator for DLI's Labor Standards Division, presenting information about the state's wage theft law.


New online permit system improves efficiencies

A new online permitting and inspection system has reduced the time required to process large batches of electrical permits from weeks to seconds.

The system allows applicants to apply for, pay for and receive their permits instantly. On Dec. 11, 2019, more than 1,500 electrical permits from a single contractor were processed electronically in seconds. Previously, it would have required five weeks of staff time to process the paper applications.

State's fatal work injuries decreased in 2018

A total of 75 fatal work-injuries were recorded in Minnesota in 2018 during the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), a decrease from the 101 fatal work-injuries in 2017 and 92 fatal work-injuries in 2016. Minnesota's 2018 fatal-injury rate is 2.7 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers. These and other workplace fatality statistics come from the CFOI, conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Nationally, there were 5,250 fatally injured workers in 2018, up 2% from the 2017 count of 5,147 workers. The fatal work-injury rate remained unchanged at 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers.

New year, new minimum-wage rates

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates were adjusted for inflation Jan. 1 to $10 an hour for large employers and $8.15 an hour for other state minimum wages.

As of Jan. 1:

  • Large employers must pay at least $10 an hour when the employer's annual gross revenues are $500,000 or more.
  • Small employers must pay at least $8.15 an hour when the employer's annual gross revenues are less than $500,000.
  • The training wage rate, $8.15 an hour, may be paid to employees younger than 20 years of age for the first 90 consecutive days of employment.
  • The youth wage rate, $8.15 an hour, may be paid to employees younger than 18 years of age.

For 2020, an estimated 206,000 jobs will pay the $10 or $8.15 state minimum-wage rates. These rates will not apply to work performed in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, which have higher minimum-wage rates.

Attend a Workforce Community Conversations

Learn about Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline and how it can help your company meet its workforce needs. Workforce Community Conversation attendees are invited to share their unique workforce challenges and successes, network with other business leaders and learn about the Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline.

New edition of CCLD Review newsletter sent to subscribers

A new edition of the CCLD Review newsletter -- about the construction trades, codes and licensing in Minnesota -- was recently sent to subscribers. Topics in the new edition  include educational opportunities, adoption of new codes, license renewal deadlines, enforcement actions and more.

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 federal-fiscal-year that began Oct. 1, 2019, MNOSHA has investigated four fatalities through Dec. 30.

The information provided about each investigation is:  the inspection number, date of incident and worksite city; the type of business and number of employees; a description of the event; and the outcome of the MNOSHA Compliance investigation.


The Department of Labor and Industry ensures Minnesota’s work and living environments are equitable, healthy and safe.