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2019_08: New MN Wage Theft Law

2019_08: New MN Wage Theft Law


Wage theft occurs when employers do not pay their workers what is owed them for the work they have performed. It’s estimated up to 40,000 Minnesota workers pursue complaints of wage theft each year because they have been denied a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

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 (DLI’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.

Speakers: Nicole Blissenbach & Dave Skovholt (MN DOL)

Nicole Blissenbach is DLI’s Assistant Commissioner for Enforcement and Compliance Strategies and Partnerships. She provides leadership and direction for DLI’s enforcement and compliance strategies and develops strong partnerships with labor law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels.

Dave Skovholt is the Outreach Coordinator in the Labor Standards Unit of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).  Dave’s outreach is focused on Minnesota’s Labor Standards laws.  He travels throughout the state, meeting with business groups and community organizations.  Before working at DLI, Dave was a labor union business agent, overseeing and negotiating 19 collective bargaining agreements in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest.

The Department of Labor and Industry ensures Minnesota’s work and living environments are equitable, healthy and safe. The agency oversees the state’s programs for apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, dual-training (PIPELINE Program), occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, workers’ compensation and youth skills training programs .



Meeting Logistics:
◾Date: August 15, 2019
◾Time: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
◾Registration begins at 7:15 a.m.
◾Buffet breakfast will begin serving at 7:30 a.m.
◾Location:Edinburgh Golf Course (Highlands Room on the 2nd floor)

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