Labor and Industry News for June 2020

News from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

 

June 2020

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template and instructions for bars, restaurants and other services

Some businesses that are in operation during the peacetime emergency are required to establish a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, per Gov. Tim Walz's executive orders.

Find a Preparedness Plan template and instructions at www.dli.mn.gov/updates.

 

State issues COVID-19 safety, health guidance for meatpacking industry

The state of Minnesota has issued new guidance for the meatpacking industry while the state deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance is available in EnglishAmharicHmongKarenLaotianSomaliSpanishSwahili and Vietnamese.

The new guidance, issued by the departments of Labor and Industry, Health, and Agriculture, will help protect worker safety and keep meatpacking plants and processing facilities open.

Read the news release.


New MNOSHA Compliance fact sheets available

Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance has created a new fact sheet with guidance to protect grocery store workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A second new fact sheet outlines equipment aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 for non-critical businesses.


Keeping teens safe at work this summer

Summer break is nearly here for Minnesota teens and many may be looking for employment. Before hiring teens, employers should review the state's child labor laws.

New child labor video

DLI has created a new video to help teen workers, parents, employers and educators learn about child labor laws. View it here.

Legislature updates prohibited teen work activities

The Minnesota Legislature modified two teen work restrictions to now allow 16- and 17-year-old employees to:

  1. operate certain power driven lawn equipment when employed by a golf course, resort, municipality or rental property owner; and
  2. operate amusement rides at fixed-site amusement parks.

View the details and conditions of this new law.


Find your path to a great career with registered apprenticeship

Customized and hands-on, apprenticeships allow you to learn and earn. Your wages increase as you master job-specific skills through classroom and on-the-job training. Watch the videos below to learn more about how registered apprenticeship can help you find a great career.


Implementation of Work Comp Campus continues

DLI and the Workers' Compensation Modernization Program (WCMP) continue to work diligently in preparation for the launch of Work Comp Campus. DLI's leadership and staff are adapting to the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while still delivering services to parties across the state.

Campus user training will happen in June, July and August 2020. WCMP is scheduled to go live for all users in August 2020.


Plumbing resources for times of low water use

The temporary shutdown or reduced operation of a building and reductions in normal water use can create hazards for returning occupants. View guidance about flushing building water supplies after periods of low or no water use.


Annual Building Official Forum rescheduled to October

Building Official Forum 2020 includes two sessions Oct. 8 and 9, 2020, in Bemidji, Minnesota. Attend one or both days. Attendees receive three continuing education credits included for each session.


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 nine fatalities through June 1.

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.

 

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry  |  www.dli.mn.gov

Email us: dli.communications@state.mn.us  |  Call 651-284-5005 or 800-342-5354