Labor Day is a federally recognized holiday and will be observed on Monday, September 7, 2020.
Any work performed on this day should be paid at double-time rates for all locals.
The St. Paul & Minneapolis Plumber agreements require Labor Day to be a paid holiday. The employee shall be paid at the regular rate of pay. No work shall be performed on Labor Day except in case of emergency as defined only after permission from the Union. If the employee is laid off within ten (10) working days prior to the day observed as a holiday, the Employer will pay said holiday pay to the former employee as if still employed.
Call MMCA with questions 651-646-2121.
Plumbing Code Class 9/9/20 - Two Spots Available
There are two spots available in a 8 hour Plumbing Code Class MMCA is hosting next week on September 9th, 2020. Attendance is capped at 10 people to accommodate social distancing. Email Sophie Thaden firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
No Bonding Bill During the Special Sessions
With the impasse between the Governor’s exertion of his Executive Orders on COVID-19 and Republican Legislators opposition to the Executive Orders it is looking improbable that there will be a transportation/bonding bill in 2020. The 2020 regular legislative session ended without a bonding/transportation bill, as did the June, July and August special sessions. With the election dominating politicians thoughts, it is unlikely there will be a bonding bill before the 2021 Regular Session, regardless of the number of special sessions.
New Commissioner of Labor and Industry
In a highly unusual move, the Minnesota Senate, on August 12th, during the third special session, voted down the appointment of Nancy Leppink as Commissioner of Labor and Industry. That means that on Thursday, August 13th we had a new Temporary Commissioner, Roslyn Robertson. Ms. Robertson has 30 years’ experience working at Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry.
Minnesota Minimum Wage Rates Adjusted for Inflation: January 1, 2021
Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation on Jan. 1, 2021, to $10.08 an hour for large employers and $8.21 an hour for other state minimum wages.
Minnesota Wage Theft Law requires employers to provide written notice to employees when basic terms of employment, such as a pay rate, change prior to the changes taking effect.
Required Workplace Posting Checklist
Do you have the correct postings in your workplace? In addition to federal, state, and municipal workplace poster requirements there are several new workplace posting requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Face Covering Required Poster: Businesses must post one or more signs that are visible to all people – including workers, customers, and visitors – instructing them to wear face coverings as required by Executive Order 20-81.
COVID-19 Preparedness Plan: Businesses must post their COVID-19 preparedness plans at the businesses’ workplaces or worksites or may be posted electronically for workers who have means to access the electronic posting.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Notice: Businesses that are covered under the FFCRA (certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees) are required to post in a conspicuous place on the premises a notice of the FFCRA.
Minneapolis & St. Paul
Minneapolis Minimum Wage & Sick and Safe Time Poster: Under the Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance and sick and safe time ordinance employers (see below for eligibility) are required to post notice where it can be easily viewed by employees.
Sick and Safe Time: Employees must work 80 hours in Minneapolis in a benefit year.
Minneapolis Minimum Wage: Employees working in Minneapolis for at least 2 hours in one week are covered by the Minneapolis Minimum Wage Ordinance. Business size determines the effective date and rate of pay.
St. Paul Minimum Wage & Earned Sick and Safe Time Poster: Under the St. Paul minimum wage ordinance and earned sick & safe time ordinance employers (see below for eligibility) have to post notice to their employees.
Earned Sick and Safe Time: If you have employees who work 80 hours in St. Paul in a benefit year.
St. Paul Minimum Wage: If you have employees working in St. Paul for at least 2 hours in one week are covered by the St. Paul Minimum Wage Ordinance. Business size determines effective date and rate of pay.
Be mindful if an employee is working from home and physically located in Minneapolis or St. Paul, they accrue the Sick and Safe Time leave regardless of where the employer’s offices are located.
Minnesota State-Mandated Posters: on age discrimination, minimum wage rates, safety and health protection on the job, unemployment, and workers’ compensation from Mn DOLI.
Federally Mandated Posters: Use the U. S. Department of Labor’s Employment Law Assistance to determine which notices you are required to post.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Resources
Webinar & slides on results of a survey conducted on construction businesses across the Ninth District (MT ND, SD, MN, northwest WI, UP of MI) in late July.
Dashboard on COVID-19 & the economy in the Ninth District.
Treasury Department Issues Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral
The Treasury Department has issued guidance on a recent presidential memorandum that allowed for the deferral of the employee portion of federal payroll taxes (6.2% for Social Security and 1.45% for Medicare) from September 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020. The guidance makes clear that an employer may elect, but is not required to defer the payment of the employee portion of these taxes on “applicable wages” until next year, when they would be owed in installments between January 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021.
1) An employer is permitted to defer payment of these taxes, but is not required to.
2) These taxes are merely deferred, not forgiven, and will be due by the end of April 2021.
3) Employers are responsible for collecting the tax from employees and for interest and penalties if the employers are unable to collect the tax after the deferral period.
MMCA has washable 2-ply cotton masks with adjustable tie backs available free for contractor members. Fill out the form on our COVID-19 Webpage to request masks.
If you have employees who need assistance with stress, financial, or familial issues refer them to HealthPartners Employee Assistance Program at 866-326-7194 or text US HEAP and your question to 919-324-5523 or log on to hpeap.com (website password “ptsmn”).