Workplace law updates for the new year

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Wage and Hour Bulletin

December 2023

Workplace law updates for the new year

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Earned sick and safe time

Minnesota's earned sick and safe time (ESST) law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2024. The Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) continues to add resources and materials to help employers comply with the new law. Resources recently added include:

  • New ESST FAQs.
  • A recorded webinar presentation.
  • An outreach toolkit for organizations and individuals who would like to help build awareness about the ESST law.
  • A sample employee notice in 18 languages. Employers must provide an ESST notice to employees upon the start of their employment or by Jan. 1, 2024, when the ESST law goes into effect, whichever date is later. This notice needs to be provided to employees in English and the primary language of the employee if not English.
  • An ESST workplace poster in 18 languages.

Minimum-wage rate

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will increase from $10.59 to $10.85 an hour for large employers and from $8.63 to $8.85 an hour for other state minimum wages.

Pay-history ban effective Jan. 1, 2024

Employers in Minnesota may no longer ask a job applicant about their pay history beginning Jan. 1, 2024. This law is being implemented, overseen and enforced by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Minimum wage poster

Workplace posters updates

Employers must post the required minimum-wage poster in a location where employees can easily see it.

Additionally, employers who employ 50 or more employees are required to post a new Veterans Benefits poster in their workplace, starting Jan. 1, 2024.

News release:  DLI seeks $2.4 million in back wages and liquidated damages in enforcement action against construction contractors

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has initiated a contested case against Property Maintenance & Construction LLC and Property Maintenance and Construction Inc. (PMC) and Advantage Construction Inc. (Advantage) by filing a Notice and Order for Hearing at the Office of Administrative Hearings. In the notice, DLI alleges PMC and Advantage failed to pay workers as required by law, resulting in back wages owed in the amount of approximately $1.2 million and an additional equal amount of approximately $1.2 million as liquidated damages.

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