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2021 Legislative Session Report

It took an incomplete Regular Session, then a Special Session in June, but the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-controlled House completed their work sending a $52b budget to Governor Walz, narrowly avoiding a shutdown.

BAM had another successful session. Like everyone, we had to adapt our advocacy to navigate the challenges of a largely remote/hybrid session. Our April 14th “virtual” Day at the Capitol, BAM Priorities letters, bipartisan local relationships, many Zoom lobbying meetings, and even legislator cell numbers were more critical than ever.

Special thanks to Chair Keith Kylmala for convening and leading BAM’s Government Relations committee. We thank all our members whose expertise and advocacy are key to BAM’s success.

Find out more on BAM wins and other law changes relevant to the home building & remodeling industry from the 2021 Session & Special Session.

Click below to read the 2021 Legislative Session Report.

DOLI’s Advice for Business

UPDATES related t0 COVID-19 from the DOLI’s Website

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan template and instructions – Word document | PDF (April 30, 2020)

The completed business preparedness plan is not required to submitted to DLI for approval, but needs to be made available upon request.

Checklist guidelines for creating a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan – Word document | PDF (April 30, 2020)

Frequently asked questions for employers and employees related to COVID-19 (April 27, 2020)

Minnesota OSHA printable handouts and resources related to COVID-19

Minnesota worker resource guide for employees in processing and manufacturing plants (May 1, 2020)

Worker protections related to COVID-19 (April 13, 2020) – English | Hmong | Somali | Spanish

Workers’ compensation bill: Bill language | Bill summary | Frequently asked questions (updated April 14, 2020)
Legislation creates a presumption for workers’ comp coverage for first responders and certain health and child care workers who contract COVID-19. View related information from MWCIA.

Unemployment insurance: Visit www.uimn.org. Labor and Industry does not oversee this area. Inquiries must go to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

No walk-in customers or visitors at offices: Labor and Industry is no longer allowing walk-in customers and visitors at our office locations until further notice. For assistance, contact our staff members via phone or email from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Hmong | Somali | Spanish

Labor Standards
Frequently asked questions for employers and employees related to COVID-19 (April 27, 2020)

Construction trades information, exams and licenses
DLI license exams: All exams are suspended indefinitely. Learn more.

Continuing education: Deadlines have been extended 90 days for licenses that expire in March, April, May and June 2020.

License renewals must still be submitted prior to the current expiration date. Late fees will apply to renewals submitted after the expiration date. Renew a license here.

License applications: Until further notice, we are unable to process applications that are dropped off or mailed. Apply or renew online for the fastest processing.

Construction inspection requirements for municipalities and help for contractors.

Building and plumbing plan review: Electronic plans and paper plans submitted prior to March 27, 2020, will continue to be reviewed. Paper plans submitted after March 27, 2020, will not be processed until the Stay at Home order is lifted. For the quickest review, submit plans online.

Inspections and permits: Updates for electrical, high-pressure piping, boiler, manufactured structures, building and plumbing permits and inspections:

Online permits will continue to be issued. No paper permit applications will be processed until the Stay at Home order is lifted.

Inspections to critical sectors exempt from the Stay at Home order will continue. These include residential and non-residential building construction.

Plumbing: Guidance about flushing building water systems after periods of low or no water use.

Board and council meeting cancellations and updates.

2020 National Electrical Code adoption delayed.

Apprenticeship
Event postponements.

For apprenticeship program sponsors: Guidelines for suspending or postponing training operations.

Apprenticeship Advisory Board cancellations.

Minnesota OSHA
The Excavation Safety Stand-down has been moved to June 15 through 19, 2020.

Workers’ compensation
Administrative conferences, mediations: As of Monday, March 23, 2020, the Department of Labor and Industry will conduct administrative conferences and mediations remotely by telephone or video conference. Parties also have the option of rescheduling events to a later date. Contact us at dli.workcomp@state.mn.us or 651-284-5032, or contact your assigned mediator, for more information.

Copy file review: DLI’s Copy File Review team will be contacting citizens who have appointments scheduled to look at their workers’ compensation files, so they can reschedule their appointment 30 days or more in the future. If it is imperative they see their file at their scheduled appointment time, DLI will limit the individual’s access to a singular room and the Copy File Review team will ensure social-distancing practices are followed.

Emailing documents: Emailing of certain documents temporarily allowed

Rehabilitation consultations: Until further notice, the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) will not take any enforcement action under Minnesota Rules 5220.0130 against any qualified rehabilitation consultant (QRC) who conducts a rehabilitation consultation with an injured worker by telephone or video, rather than in person. DLI encourages QRCs to limit in-person meetings and implement social-distancing measures when providing a rehabilitation consultation and other rehabilitation services to injured workers. Placement vendors and their staff members, who meet with injured workers, are also encouraged to conduct meetings by phone or video.

Work Comp Campus: The Workers’ Compensation Modernization Program (WCMP) will continue to work on implementing Work Comp Campus as scheduled. We remain available to address questions you have at dli.wcmp@state.mn.us.

Workers’ compensation bill: Bill language | Bill summary | Frequently asked questions (updated April 14, 2020)
Legislation creates a presumption for workers’ comp coverage for first responders and certain health and child care workers who contract COVID-19. View related information from MWCIA.

 

Links to this all this information: https://www.dli.mn.gov/updates