A new Minnesota that went active as of Monday morning will aim to address wage theft complaints from an estimated 40,000 workers annually in the state.
An ongoing discussion at the Capitol this spring, Minnesota lawmakers passed legislation making wage theft a felony and requiring employers to further document information like employee wages. State lawmakers who worked on these policies have called the laws among the toughest in the country.
So what does it mean?
Well as of Monday, July 1, employers will be required to provide employees a notice at the start of their employment laying out specifics of the job, including wage or salary amount and benefits available.
This notice is to be kept by the employer for record-keeping purposes.
Employers must now also provide additional information with pay stubs. Earnings statements must include rate of pay, whether hourly, daily, weekly or by salary.
These statements will also include allowances taken out for lodging or food and employer contact information. Under the new laws, this information is also required to be recorded and kept by the employer.
The criminal provisions of the new wage theft laws go into effect Aug. 1. These provisions will make wage theft a felony and establish more fines for employers that fail to submit proper documentation of wages.
To enforce these policies, the law also grants the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry $3.1 million.