DOLI, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, is the department responsible for ensuring work environments are equal and safe. When DOLI receives a complaint, they open an investigation. When an investigation is opened, they will send a letter, or an email due to COVID-19, formally informing your business. This is a legal inquiry into your business that can have serious consequences. The contractor needs to immediately contact an attorney to represent them.
Investigators at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry are well-trained, highly competent, professional investigators charged with enforcing DOLI rules. They are extremely skilled at their job. Our team at MNCLS knows how to address the investigation and communicate with the investigators to create a productive process and form respectful relationships. We represent contractors from the initial DOLI notice to the final resolution.
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What is our process?
If a client receives a notice or recognizes a potential issue, we gather all the information available from the client to determine if a violation has occurred and how best to defend the client from the allegations.
Step One: Determine regulation compliance
When we uncover an issue, we start with a review of the laws, rules, and regulations involved. We also evaluate the facts to uncover whether there is more than one way to interpret the way the regulations are being applied to the facts.
Step Two: Review the DOL regulations
We advise our contractors on how to remain compliant through educational training and partnership guidance. Our services help uphold your company’s reputation, therefore helping you sell more projects.
Step Four: Prepare for the future
We help you understand why your actions are not in compliance with laws and regulations so you can make the necessary changes, or can understand the risk should you choose not to make changes.
Step Three: Determine your compliance
Department of Labor and Industry notices are serious inquiries into your business conducted by legal authorities with the power to impose fines and administer licensing actions. When DOLI is investigating your business, it inherently includes costly penalties. Responding to a DOLI investigation is not something contractors should handle themselves because the investigators know how to identify culpability and enforce legal liability. MNCLS understands DOLI’s process and how to effectively respond in the best interest of the contractor to guide a constructive and firm process.
They are professional investigators that know how to obtain the information they need to support the complaint and enforce legal actions. A DOLI investigation needs to be managed by an attorney that understands how to address and handle the situation that will protect the contractor and their business.
It is a formal investigation into a contractor’s license. It is purely to investigate the filed complaint, not resolve a dispute This means they are not looking for possible ways to resolve a customer dispute but rather investigating whether the contractor complied with all of the licensing laws and rules.
The cost depends on the complexity of and reason for the investigation. Let’s be honest, hiring us to represent you in the investigation is not cheap, but the cost of mishandling the case yourself could easily be greater.
Be careful not to take the category of violation or the amount of the fine as an indication of the seriousness of the issue. OSHA may appear to “go easy” on the first violation. They take second violations very seriously. If there’s any possibility of resolving the issue without a citation, hands down that’s the best option even if the cost is greater than the fine. MNCLS attorneys are experienced representing contractors in OSHA violation matters.