Understanding Compliance with Minnesota and Minneapolis Wage Theft Laws

Event Description


Minnesota’s new wage theft law took effect July 1, 2019. The Minneapolis Wage Theft ordinance will be effective January 1, 2020. Why were these new laws passed? What steps must employers take to comply with these new laws? What are the practical compliance tips? What has been, and will be, the focus of the government agencies responsible for addressing compliance with the wage theft laws? These questions and others will be addressed by the knowledgeable group of presenters during this informative and interactive panel discussion.

Lunch will be provided.

City Center Building
600 Nicollet Mall  - APEX Training Room (ground floor)
Minneapolis, MN 55402


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

Veronica Mendez Moore is a Co-Director at Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL; Center of Workers United in Struggle), a Workers Center in Minneapolis. For over 10 years, she has organized and developed leadership with low-wage workers to fight for fair wages, working conditions and a voice on the job in different industries across the Twin Cities and worked to shift the balance of power between low-wage workers of color and the large corporations that drive our economy. CTUL plays a crucial role in the labor movement, creating innovative, new models of organizing that re-organize the economy to build more power with and for workers. Most notably, CTUL organized with retail janitors across the Metro Area resulting in Target implementing a Responsible Contractor Policy with its cleaning contractors as well as industry-wide wage increases. This policy is the first of its kind in this industry nation-wide and ensures organizing rights for janitors who clean Target. Following this, the Twin Cities has become the only metropolitan area in the country where the majority of this industry is union.

Dan Prokott is a partner with Faegre Baker Daniels, focused exclusively on employment law.  He advises businesses of all sizes, in Minnesota and across the country, regarding complex workplace matters and employment law compliance, including with respect to wage theft laws in Minnesota and other states.

Brian Walsh is a Manager with the City of Minneapolis, Labor Standards Enforcement, Department of Civil Rights. He oversees the city’s investigations of alleged violations of its minimum wage, sick and safe time, and wage theft ordinances.


Burt Johnson is General Counsel for the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credits approved | Event Code: 279818


Labor & Employment Section Members: $10
MSBA Member but not a member of the Section: $20
Non-MSBA Members: $35
Law Students: FREE

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation via webcast is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the week day prior to the CLE.


Deadline to register: November 4

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Apex Training Room / City Center Minneapolis, MN United States