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June 2014
Below is a recap of recent news from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. DLI oversees the state's programs for apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, and workers' compensation.
Contractor Registration Program is now permanent

Contractor Registration

Starting as a pilot program, 2014 legislation has made the Construction Contractor Registration Program permanent. As a result, the 14,000 current registrations that were set to expire on June 30, 2014, have been extended through June 30, 2015.


The purpose of the registration program is to identify all building construction providers in the state and to help ensure that workers are being appropriately classified. The goal of the program, which received broad support from industry groups, is to ensure that all contractors are in compliance with Minnesota laws. All commercial and residential building construction or improvement contractors who are not already licensed or registered with DLI are required to sign-up through the Contractor Registration Program. View more information and register for free. 

Department offers flood-recovery information resources

Photo, flooded area The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry maintains a Web page with links to flood-recovery information from its Construction Codes and Licensing Division and its Minnesota OSHA unit, as well as other helpful outside sources, including:
  • Information for Minnesota property owners whose properties have been damaged
  • The top 10 things you need to know about flood-damaged electrical systems
  • Avoiding potential contractor problems  
Ryan Companies site recognized with safety, health award

Photo, Ryan Companies receives MNSHARP Construction award Workplace safety and health representatives from the Department of Labor and Industry recognized Ryan Companies as a Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP) Construction worksite at the Target North Campus in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

MNSHARP Construction is a Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) program that recognizes major-construction projects where managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs that result in immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses. Only construction projects at least 18 months in duration are eligible for participation in MNSHARP Construction.

Workers' compensation:
Long-term downward trend continues for number of claims, costs of insurance premiums
The number of paid workers' compensation claims in Minnesota fell 47 percent relative to the number of employees from 1987 to 2012, according to the
2012 Minnesota Workers' Compensation System Report, released in June by the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).

"Though each workplace accident is one too many, the report underscores that Minnesota's workplaces have become much safer for employees and comparatively less costly for employers since 1997," said Ken Peterson, DLI commissioner. "As has been the case for the past few years, medical treatment for injuries was the chief cost driver for the system, increasing annually per claim by more than 5 percent above average wages since 1997." See the related DLI news release

DLI, U.S. DOL investigators cross-train about wage and hour issues

Photo, DOL investigator explains her process DLI's Labor Standards investigators teamed up with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division investigators to cross-train each other about a variety of wage and hour issues June 24 at DLI.

Topics ranged from new laws, such as minimum-wage updates and parental leave law changes, to prevailing wage practices and investigative techniques.

DLI wraps-up busy license renewal period 
DLI's Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD) recently completed license renewals of three main business license groups: plumbing contractors, electrical contractors and residential building contractors. DLI processed more than 11,000 Minnesota residential building contractor renewals, almost 2,500 renewals for electricians and about 1,500 for plumbers.

Renewals for all plumbers and electricians were due earlier this year. Roughly half of residential building contractor license renewals were due March 31, 2014, with the rest due March 31, 2015.
View more information about construction licensing.
OSHA consultants train youth workers about
safety and health at construction sites

OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation staff members taught UnderConstruction interns -- ages 16 to 20 -- about construction worksite safety and health at DLI on June 20 and 27, 2014.
OSHA safety trainingThe interns have been learning about construction careers in the model of apprenticeship:  They are earning a paycheck while they learn skills.
 The group of 36 UnderConstruction interns are building garages and decks in Minneapolis and St. Paul during the summer. In addition to the build project and the classroom study at DLI, the interns will learn work-readiness skills and will investigate the tracks to various apprenticeship programs.
"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

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