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Labor Standards -- Packinghouse worker information



Packinghouse workers bill of rights law

In 2007, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Minnesota packinghouse workers bill of rights. This law says an employer must:

  1. furnish its employees with equipment to safely perform their jobs under occupational safety and health standards; and
  2. provide an explanation in an employee's native language about the employee's rights and duties as an employee either in person or through written materials that include a description of the:

    1. employee's salary and benefits plans;
    2. employee's job position;
    3. company's leave policies;
    4. company's work hours and work hours policy; and
    5. occupational hazards known to exist for the position.

The explanation must also include information about the following employee rights as protected by state or federal law and a description of where additional information about those rights may be obtained:

  1. the right to organize and bargain collectively and refrain from organizing and bargaining collectively;
  2. the right to a safe workplace; and
  3. the right to be free from discrimination.

Poster:  Bill of rights workplace posters

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Employee rights

Your employer should provide the following information to you:

  • the position's salary and benefits plan;
  • a job description;
  • the policy description for leave (sick, vacation, personal);
  • the work hours and work-hour policy; and
  • any known occupational hazards for this position or this type of work.

Questions? Contact John Stiffin (john.stiffin@state.mn.us), community services representative, or John Aiken (john.aiken@state.mn.us), Apprenticeship and Labor Standards director, via email or at (651) 284-5070 or
1-800-342-5354 or via the Spanish (Español) phone line at (651) 284-5099.

Food processing industry recruiting law

In 1995, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law that requires the food processing industry to provide disclosure to employees that are recruited to move to Minnesota to work in food processing plants. The disclosure must include the terms and conditions of employment and be provided in English and Spanish.

Under the law, DLI is to provide a standard disclosure form for use at the employer's option.

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