Labor and Industry news for November 2019

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News from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry


November 2019

Celebrate Apprenticeship Week Nov. 11-15, 2019

National Apprenticeship Week

Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for the apprenticeship community to tell their stories about registered apprenticeship and share with businesses, industry, labor, education and career-seekers the advantages of the registered apprenticeship model.

We'll feature apprentices, apprenticeship programs and community-based organizations throughout the week. Learn more about Apprenticeship Week in Minnesota.


Minimum-wage poster updated, available 

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2020, to $10 an hour for large employers and $8.15 an hour for other state minimum wages. The state's free, mandatory minimum-wage poster has been updated and is available to print or order from the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) website.

Minnesota law requires employers to display required workplace posters in a location where employees can easily see them. The posters available on the DLI website address minimum wage, age discrimination, safety and health protections, unemployment and workers' compensation. The free posters can be printed or ordered individually or as a five-poster pack.

New edition of the Apprenticeship Works newsletter published

A new edition of Apprenticeship Works, the quarterly newsletter from DLI's Apprenticeship Minnesota, was recently sent to subscribers.

Some of the stories in the new edition include:

  • Local 49 member trades in an office for a career as an operating engineer
  • Construct Tomorrow events
  • Apprentice graduations, and more.

New electrical, high pressure piping permit system launches 

new system to obtain electrical and high pressure piping permits launched in October. Users must create a new account to request permits online. The new system includes a dashboard to track projects, improved project address localization and inspection status notification updates.

New edition of COMPACT newsletter published 

new edition of COMPACT, the quarterly newsletter from DLI's Workers' Compensation Division, was recently sent to subscribers.

Some of the stories in the new edition include:

  • Work Comp Campus:  Modernizing for Minnesotans
  • DLI welcomes two new staff members to commissioner's office
  • Update:  Post-traumatic stress disorder rules
  • New provider fee levels, fee schedules effective October 2019

Dual-Training Pipeline hosts Industry Council Forums

Get caught-up with the Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline for the industries of advanced manufacturing, information technology, health care and agriculture. Industry Forums were recently conducted and information about dual training, grants and more was discussed for each industry. View presentations and notes from the meetings

New edition of Safety Lines newsletter published

new edition of Safety Lines, the quarterly newsletter from Minnesota OSHA, was recently sent to subscribers.

Some of the stories in the new edition include:

  • Grain-bin safety:  Harvest season dangers
  • Safety, health grants awarded up to $10,000
  • MNOSHA takes safety, health message on the road to Duluth event
  • Free Construction Seminars underway

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 three fatalities through Oct. 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.