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Wage theft occurs when employers do not pay their workers what is owed them for the work they have performed. It’s estimated up to 40,000 Minnesota workers pursue complaints of wage theft each year because they have been denied a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

Legislation was passed in May 2019 that will invest $3.1 million in new funding over the next two years in the Department of Labor and Industry's (DLI's) enforcement of the state’s wage and hour laws. The new Minnesota Wage Theft law will create additional protections for workers, including adding criminal penalties for employers who commit wage theft.

This additional funding will allow our agency to add critical staff needed to perform more strategic and targeted workplace enforcement and conduct greater outreach and education for employers, workers and their communities.

Summaries

Employee 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. The notice must contain required information about an employee's employment status and terms of employment. The notice must include a statement, in multiple languages, that informs employees they may request the notice be provided to them in another language. DLI will be providing the translations of this statement on the employee notice example in the near future. Employers may use the example notice or create their own.

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 new wage theft legislation. Email your request to dli.laborstandards@state.mn.us.

Wage and Hour Bulletin

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