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Living Art Wall: Conception to Completion

Posted By MNLA eNews, Monday, August 19, 2019
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Writing Bullet-Resistant Soil Specifications

Posted By MNLA eNews, Monday, August 19, 2019
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Safety watch: Keeping customers safe as they use their fire features

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, July 25, 2019
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Stay up to date on immigration law

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, July 25, 2019

The landscape contracting industry has one of the highest proportions of unauthorized foreign workers in its workforce at 21 percent in 2014, according to the Pew Research Center. With the strong economy and low unemployment, many landscape contractors are struggling to find enough employees to do the work they have booked and may not be as careful as they should be in checking worker documents. This makes landscape contracting a prime target for administration enforcement efforts.

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Tags:  employee management  hardscape contractor  immigration  landscape contractor  Landscape Management Magazine  workforce 

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New Labor Standards and Wage Theft Law

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, July 25, 2019

Minnesota recently enacted a new Wage Theft Law, which amends existing state labor laws and adds new wage and hour requirements, protections and sanctions. As of July 1, new requirements for all Minnesota employers include an employee notice requirement, plus additional information for already-required earnings statements and employer recordkeeping. Increased enforcement of state wage and hour laws and criminal penalties for employers that commit wage theft are also included in the new law. For more information, visit the Department of Labor and Industry Wage Theft Legislation 2019 and Summaries webpage at www.dli.mn.gov/business/employment-practices/wage-theft-legislation-2019-and-summaries. The linked page includes guidance for employers and employees, FAQs, a sample Employee Notice and other information. Additionally, here is a link to a webinar about this law, which the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry participated in with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/7899891389639489537

Tags:  employee management  labor  Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry  wages 

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The Buzz About Bee Hotels

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Natives versus nativars: What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Minnesota’s Sweeping Wage Theft Law

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Trend Watching: 12 Landscape Design Trends from the UK

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, May 23, 2019
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MN Hands-Free Bill Signed

Posted By Forrest Cyr, MNLA Government Affairs Director, Thursday, May 23, 2019

by Forrest Cyr, MNLA Government Affairs Director

Governor Tim Walz signed the hands-free bill into law on April 12, requiring drivers to use hands-free mode for all cellular devices while operating a vehicle. The law prohibits the use of cellphones while driving when the device is not in hands-free mode. The law provides exceptions for emergency calls and for handheld cell use in dangerous situations. 

The bill is effective August 1, 2019.

MNLA members should take appropriate measures to ensure compliance with the hands-free cellphone law. Members should equip personal and company vehicles with hands-free cellphone capability and ensure that all employees are educated on – and compliant with -- the new law.

Under the new law, it is illegal for a driver to hold a phone to their ear while operating a vehicle, scroll through contacts, text messages, or addresses, or interface with their phone beyond voice control through a Bluetooth device or similar technology.

Exceptions to the new law include hailing emergency services or making a call while in situations of immediate danger. Also, drivers can use GPS, as long as the operator is not scrolling or typing on the device, and the address is entered prior to the vehicle moving.

Under the new law, members of law enforcement can stop a driver seen holding a cell phone after August 1, 2019.

Penalties for unlawful phone use is $50 for the first violation, and $275 for each additional violation, increased from the current $225 for unlawful phone use after the first violation.

Contact Forrest Cyr at 612-248-4463 with any questions and check out this article from MPR to get more information.

Tags:  government affairs  hardscape contractor  landscape contractor  landscape design  legislative  MPR  safety 

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