Colorado landscaper penalized for violating H-2B workers’ rights

FAQs: OSHA for Minnesota businesses

By Alexandra Zabinski

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…

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How should employers verify work authorization?

By Alexandra Zabinski

Under federal law, it’s illegal for a U.S. employer to employ a person who’s not authorized to work in the U.S. This is why every employee has to sign IRS form I-9, the “employment eligibility verification.” Part of the form requires new hires to present documents such as a driver’s license or passport to demonstrate…

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What personnel records can employees review?

By Alexandra Zabinski

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…

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Colorado landscaper penalized for violating H-2B workers’ rights

By Alexandra Zabinski

Many green industry companies rely on H-2B visas to hire seasonal workers from outside the U.S. H-2B workers are  covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the H-2B program imposes additional requirements on employers, such as providing records, paying certain expenses, and posting legal notices about worker rights. As one Colorado landscaper recently…

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