Labor and Industry November 2017 News

State minimum-wage rate changes Jan. 1, 2018

Rate goes to $9.65 for large employers

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to $9.65 an hour for large employers and $7.87 an hour for other state minimum wages.

To help employers understand the requirements, the our agency has updated its minimum-wage fact sheets at and its minimum-wage workplace poster at

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Apprenticeship Week is Nov. 13-19, 2017

Celebrate registered apprenticeship in Minnesota during Apprenticeship Week 2017. Apprenticeship prepares Minnesota's workers to compete in a 21st Century economy and develops highly trained, skilled and successful employees. Read more about Apprenticeship Week.

Apply for a grant to expand apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Minnesota has made available $210,000 in grants for the operation of Labor Education Advancement Programs (LEAP). Grant applications are due November 13, 2017. The purpose of LEAP is to help community-based organizations increase the participation of women and minorities in registered apprenticeship. Read more about LEAP grants and apply.

'Wedding barns' may be subject to Minnesota building codes

Old barns have become a popular venue for weddings, receptions, family reunions and similar gatherings. The change of use from a barn to a place of public accommodation may require changes to meet Minnesota building codes. Read a fact sheet about wedding barns and the State Building Code.

Successful Workers' Compensation Summit offers a variety of topics, speakers for stakeholders

The 2017 Workers' Compensation Summit offered attendees 12 breakout sessions and two general sessions Sept. 19, plus more than a dozen vendors to visit with in between sessions. Presentations included a judges' panel, a mediation panel, a legal update, discussion of opioids and non-opioid treatment options, workers' compensation ratemaking, advances in prosthetics and more.

About 250 stakeholders attended the one-day event at the University of Minnesota's 
St. Paul campus. FilSome of the presentations and a slideshow of the event are online at

October edition of Safety Lines sent to subscribers

The October edition of Minnesota OSHA's quarterly newsletter Safety Lines was sent to subscribers in October. Topics in this edition included:

  • Safety in the grain industry:  engulfment can happen in 22 seconds;
  • MNOSHA, Mexican Consulate renew alliance to spread safety, health message;
  • Online now:  MNOSHA annual report, federal review, state response;
  • Minnesota OSHA's Duluth staff takes part in 2017 Northern Regional Safety Day;
  • and more.

The October Safety Lines is online at

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 current federal fiscal-year that began Oct. 1, 2017, MNOSHA Compliance has investigated four workplace fatalities and two serious injuries through Oct. 31.

The summaries, plus other helpful workplace safety and health information from Minnesota OSHA, are available online.

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Connect, engage and participate in the policy decisions that impact you by serving on a state board, commission or task force. Attend an information session to meet others who have served, hear about current opportunities and learn how to apply. 

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"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