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In May 2019, the Legislature passed the Minnesota Wage Theft Prevention Act to create additional protections for workers, including adding criminal penalties for employers that commit wage theft, which occurs when employers do not pay their workers what is owed them for the work they have performed.

This law included additional funding to allow the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to add staff members needed to perform strategic and targeted workplace enforcement and conduct outreach and education for employers, workers and their communities.

Employee wage notice

All employers must provide each employee with a written notice at the start of their employment and keep a signed copy of the notice on file, as of July 1, 2019. View employee wage notice information.

View this video in Hmong, Somali and Spanish.

View this video in Hmong, Somali and Spanish.


Request a speaker or presentation

As part of its outreach efforts to stakeholders, DLI's Labor Standards can provide interested parties a speaker or presentation about the wage theft law. Email your request to

Wage and Hour Bulletin

Stay up to date with the Labor Standards unit by signing up for its Minnesota Wage and Hour Bulletin email newsletter.

Subscribers receive periodic messages about state wage and hour laws enforced by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's Labor Standards unit.