Labor and Industry News for October 2019

News from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry


October 2019

Manufacturing Week celebrated Oct. 1-7, 2019

DLI Commissioner Nancy Leppink joined Gov. Tim Walz, and Larry Herke, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans affairs, at Ajax Metal Forming Solutions on Sept. 30, 2019, in Fridley to kick off Manufacturing Week in Minnesota. Attendees met with the company's registered apprentices and journeyworkers.

Manufacturing added $52.7 billion to Minnesota's economy in 2018. Manufacturering employers like Ajax Metal Forming Solutions are using registered apprenticeship as a way to build and retain a motivated, engaged and highly skilled workforce.


State supreme court upholds DLI order for home care employer to pay employees unpaid overtime wages, damages

In a win for Minnesota's workers, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a decision
Sept. 18, 2019, that upheld an order issued by the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) for Baywood Home Care to pay its affected employees approximately $550,000 in unpaid overtime wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages. Read the entire release on the DLI website.

Codes seminars offered throughout October

The Construction Codes and Licensing Division Fall Seminar about proposed Minnesota amendments to the 2018 International Building Code is offered at eight locations throughout the state from Oct. 1-30. Building officials will receive six hours of continuing education credit. Learn more and register to attend.

New edition of the CCLD Review newsletter published

A new edition of the CCLD Review, the quarterly newsletter from DLI's Construction Codes and Licensing Division, was recently sent to subscribers.

Some of the stories in the new edition include:

  • New system for electrical, high pressure piping permits launches soon
  • Building official limited and accessibility specialist training program
  • Adoption of the 2018 I-Codes
  • Texas contractor fined $10,000 for unlicensed electrical work
  • Questions and answers about the Minnesota Plumbing Code

Save the date:  Registered Apprenticeship Week is Nov. 11-15

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

PIPELINE Program Industry Forums scheduled

Join us to learn about the latest Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline activities at an industry forum for the industries of advanced manufacturing, information technology, health care and agriculture. Industry-specific information is offered at each of the four meetings as well as updates about Dual Training Grants.

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, 2018, MNOSHA has investigated 23 fatalities through Sept. 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.


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