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179.86 PACKINGHOUSE WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS.

Subdivision 1.Definition.

For the purpose of this section, "employer" means an employer in the meatpacking industry.

Subd. 2.Right to adequate equipment.

An employer must furnish its employees with equipment to safely perform their jobs under OSHA standards.

Subd. 3.Information provided to employee by employer.

(a) An employer must provide an explanation in an employee's native language of the employee's rights and duties as an employee either person to person or through written materials that, at a minimum, include:

(1) a complete description of the salary and benefits plans as they relate to the employee;

(2) a job description for the employee's position;

(3) a description of leave policies;

(4) a description of the work hours and work hours policy; and

(5) a description of the occupational hazards known to exist for the position.

(b) The explanation must also include information on 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.

Subd. 4.Commissioner duties.

The commissioner of labor and industry in consultation with the commissioner of human rights must develop and implement a strategy to assist employers in providing adequate notice and education to employees of their rights under this section. The commissioner shall assign the duty to implement the strategy to a specific identified position in the department. The position, along with contact information, must be included on printed materials the department prepares and distributes to carry out the commissioner's duties under this section.