What is a workforce certificate?
A workforce certificate is a certificate issued to a business by the Commissioner of Human Rights. The Commissioner issues the workforce certificate to a business upon reviewing its affirmative action plan.
What businesses need to obtain a workforce certificate of compliance?
Any business that employs 40 or more employees in a state and that seeks to enter into a contract for goods or services with the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the Metropolitan Council, the Minneapolis Metropolitan Airports Commission, or the Metropolitan Mosquito Control Commission (bid award entities) that is over $100,000 or is likely to exceed $100,000.
What if a business signs a contract with a bid award entity that exceeds $100,000 and the business does not have a workforce certificate?
The Commissioner may take action to void the contract between a business and the bid award entity when the contract exceeds $100,000 and the business does not have a workforce certificate.
Are there any contracts with the State that are exempt?
Yes. Contracts for investments options under Minn. Stat. §356.645 between the State Board of Investment and businesses and firms are exempt.
How long are workforce certificates valid?
A workforce certificate is valid for four years from the date the workforce certificate is issued. Businesses need to annually submit information to the Department to ensure their certificate remains valid. Businesses should notify the Department of any changes to their address or contact information.