ST. PAUL, MINN – Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) was on hand Monday when Governor Tim Walz signed Minnesota’s new wage theft legislation. This new legislation creates a felony for wage theft of worker wages, secures a level playing field for employees and employers, and is the strongest wage theft legislation in the country.
“This bipartisan legislation ensures that Minnesota’s workers have a guarantee that eight hours of work means eight hours of pay,” said Senator Wiger. “Too many workers have faced situations where they have lost the pay, they deserve due to bad actors, and harming their abilities to live their lives. This legislation takes a major step in preventing wage theft and ensuring that workers have the strongest possible legal remedies available to get their pay. This bill stands up for the American Dream and of fair play.”
The law, effective July 1, requires employers to keep and provide more records documenting a person’s employment. By Aug. 1, wage theft, including minimum wage violations, unpaid work and withheld tips, will be a felony.