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 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.
View a PDF of law changes that will go into effect July 1, 2019. The provisions providing for criminal wage theft and sanctions go into effect Aug. 1, 2019.See MN Department of Labor and Industry Summary Here
In one of the most significant pieces of legislation affecting employers in many years, the Minnesota Legislature passed, and Governor Walz signed, the Jobs and Economic Development Omnibus bill that includes new wage theft protections for employees and new requirements for employers.
The wage theft bill is one of the few pieces of bipartisan employment legislation that survived the 2019 legislative session. The law constitutes a very significant change in wage payment requirements and enforcement. It includes increased civil enforcement and recordkeeping requirements for employers, as well as new criminal penalties for intentional wage theft. These changes will go into effect on July 1, 2019.
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Littler discusses more about Wage Theft, civil enforcement of this new law, HR regulations and record keeping requirements, criminal penalties, and recommendation for employers.
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James Olney provides his overview of the law and what employers need to know.