Last week, St. Paul enacted a new minimum-wage ordinance which will take effect on December 14. The ordinance creates a minimum wage of $15/hour. However, businesses don’t have pay that wage immediately. Instead, the minimum wage will increase gradually over several years until every employer pays that wage. The ordinance is enforced by the St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (the “Department”).
What are the phases and which ones apply to my business? The timing depends on how many employees you have. There are four categories:
Macro businesses: over 10,000 […]
What is OSHA and does it regulate my business?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency responsible for ensuring workplace safety. In many states, OSHA regulates businesses directly. However, some states, including Minnesota, regulate businesses themselves. In Minnesota, most workplace safety regulation is handled by the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA). The federal-level OSHA retains regulatory control over a few areas and industries.
Where do I find MNOSHA standards?
Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) provides an overview of MNOSHA regulations, with links to the text of […]
Minnesota law requires employers to grant employees access to certain personnel records during and after employment. Whether or not each item is included in what the employer keeps as a “personnel file,” the law still requires that employees be allowed to access specific records.
In practice, it’s often a good idea to keep copies of these things in a single “personnel file.” That way, when an employee requests access, you don’t have to retrieve items from multiple locations and risk forgetting something that the employee is legally entitled to review. Fines for failing to provide access can be […]