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Minnesota’s Legislature in 2023 established the Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board with responsibility over wages, benefits and working conditions specifically for nursing home workers.
As part of the omnibus finance bill signed into law on May 24, the board’s new standards will be adopted by August 1, 2024. The board, to be made up of the commissioners of human services, health and labor along with nursing home employers and workers, is required to review previous standards every two years.
The Legislature can set in statute wage and hour standards, along with workplace safety and health standards, and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, also responsible for Occupational Safety and Health statutes, can adopt rules, James Honerman, communications director for the state labor department, told MinnPost via email.
In 2024, California voters will decide on whether to approve a similar bill that would set wages and improve conditions for fast-food workers.
This fact brief is responsive to conversations such as this one.
- Minnesota Legislature SF3035 Omnibus Jobs, Economic Development, Labor, and Industry appropriations
- MinnPost Email correspondence with James Honerman
- California Legislative Information AB-257 Food facilities and employment
- Eater California’s Upcoming Fast-Food Ballot Measure, Explained
Jayne Williamson-Lee is a freelance science journalist who is part of MinnPost’s fact briefs team.