Certificates Technical Assistance
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights provides technical assistance to contractors to assist with securing a workforce certificate, responding to a workforce certificate audit, and addressing issues identified by the Department when a contractor is not in compliance with the Minnesota Human Rights Act or Minnesota Administrative Rules.
Contractors may contact MDHR's Contract Compliance Division by phone at 651–539–1100 or by email at Compliance.MDHR@state.mn.us with questions.
Who Needs a Workforce Certificate
Any contractor 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 needs to obtain a workforce certificate from the Department.
Contractors who are exclusively providing investments options under Minn. Stat. §356.645 for the State Board of Investment are exempt.
Obtaining a Workforce Certificate
- A contractor may apply for a workforce certificate by submitting the following information to the Commissioner:
- A check or money order for the $150 application fee. Checks should be made payable to the “Minnesota Department of Human Rights”
- Affirmative Action Plan (If the plan has been previously approved by the federal government or a local municipality in Minnesota, please provide documentation as to when the plan was approved)
- An application form that is signed by the Board Chair or Chief Executive Officer
Please do not staple your check or money order to your affirmative action plan. Please indicate the name of the contractor in the memo section of your check or money order.
The information can be mailed to the Department at the following address:
MDHR Contract Compliance Division
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
540 Fairview Avenue North, Suite 201
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Information may also be sent electronically at Compliance.MDHR@state.mn.us
More on Workforce Certificates
Typically, the Department sends the business a workforce certificate within 15 days of receipt of the Affirmative Action Plan. In the event that the Department does not send a workforce certificate, the Department will identify the issues that need to be addressed by the business. Once the issues identified in the Department’s letter are remedied by the business, the Department will send the business a workforce certificate.
A workforce certificate is valid for four years from the date the workforce certificate is issued. Contractors should notify the Department of any changes to their address or contact information.
The Commissioner may take action to void any contract between a contractor and the bid award entity when the contract exceeds $100,000 and the contractor does not have a workforce certificate.
All contractors need to annually submit information to the Department to ensure their certificate remains valid. The annual compliance report is a report that provides an update to the Department on the progress of the business achieving the goals within its affirmative action plan. The annual compliance report is due one year, and subsequent anniversary dates, after the certificate of compliance was initially issued to the business.
Contractors that are performing work on an active construction project are required to submit a monthly report to the Department on the workforce participation of workers. Monthly reports are due to the Department on the 10th day of each month or on the first subsequent business day.
Failure of a contractor to provide an annual report or a monthly report to the Department on a timely basis may considered by the Department in assessing the contractor’s compliance with the Act and Rules.