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Department of Labor & Industry Actions

Department of Labor & Industry Actions

When contractors receive a Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry investigation notice, they need legal representation; you don’t want to handle these on your own. If not handled properly, DOLI has the authority to take away a residential contractor’s license, destroying their business and livelihood. It is critical to work with a legal partner when navigating Department of Labor enforcement actions so you are able to effectively resolve the issue and protect your license.

Not only does MNCLS help contractors handle DOLI investigations, we help contractors ensure they understand and are aligned with Minnesota’s rules and regulations to avoid such situations. MNCLS recognizes the extreme standards construction companies need to comply with; that’s why we make sure your business is following the rules so you can focus on selling more projects and making more money.



What is our process?

We want to understand how you define a successful outcome. For transactional issues, what are the important issues that need to be addressed in the document we are drafting? For disputes, what is the desired resolution or outcome?

Step One: Learn your objectives and goals

For transactional, we draft a document that will achieve the desired outcome and reflect the client’s business. For disputes, we uphold the obligations stated in the contracts and/or determine reasonable remedies for issues not addressed in the contract.

Step Three: Craft the strategy

For transactional, what have the parties agreed to and has an agreement been reached on all the key issues? For disputes, we need to know whether the contract addresses the issue, how it was addressed, who’s at fault, and what damages resulted

Step Two: Understand your concerns and issues

Following the strategy developed with and approved by the client, we move to achieve the intended result. Whether drafting a document or resolving a dispute, we’ll keep you informed on how things are going so you can focus on your business.

Step Four: Implement the remedy

Common Issues

MNCLS actively works to protect contractors against the risks of a Minnesota DOLI investigation by putting in precautionary measures and reviewing contracts and procedures for regulatory compliance. We represent contractors who receive Department of Labor notices to avoid potential personal and business damages, including the loss of a license. In fact, MNCLS is actively involved in trade associations advocating for contractors to reduce the burdensome and disproportionate rules and regulations.


  • MNCLS will analyze your contracts and offer revisions or replacements to ensure compliance. We also help develop new contracts that follow Minnesota’s rules and regulations.

  • MNCLS will review the letter to understand what the notice is referencing and help you navigate the next steps. If the letter is notice of an investigation, we will represent your business during the process.

  • Since DOL oversees other departments and operations that impact contractors, it is important to consider these aspects when dealing with DOL.

    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

    • Misclassification of employees vs independent contractors

    • Building codes

We eliminate the guesswork and fine print of construction law in Minnesota.


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