Construction Workforce Goals
The Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) may “issue goals and timetables for minority and female utilization which must be based on appropriate workforce, demographic, or other relevant data and which must cover construction projects, or construction contracts performed in specific geographical areas.” See Minnesota Statute 363A.37 and Administrative Rule 5000.3520.
The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and the Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Department worked in collaboration to adopt the goals set by the Commissioner of MDHR. The Minneapolis City Council approved the Request for City Council Committee Action (RCA) to adopt the minority and woman workforce goals effective May 1, 2012.
What are the Construction Workforce Goals?
For all City of Minneapolis construction and development projects exceeding $50,000, the minimum goals are as follows:
· 6% of the total project trade hours to be performed by females
· 32% of the total project trade hours to be performed by minorities
Which Employees Count towards the Construction Workforce Goals?
Only on-site trade workers and laborers count towards the Construction Workforce Goals. Office, administrative, managerial, supervisory, and professional employees do not count towards meeting these goals.
Who Needs to Comply?
Both the general contractor and all subcontractors on the project need to contribute to meeting the overall project goals. Compliance with the Construction Workforce requirement is determined by the total project trade hours performed per project.
Meeting the Construction Workforce Goal
The general contractor is responsible for ensuring that the overall Construction Workforce Goals are met. However, all contractors on a project must make a good faith effort to achieve the goals. If the goals are not met, the contractor shall document efforts taken to recruit, hire and/or train females and minorities on the project.
How is the Construction Workforce Goal Monitored and Reported?
If the construction project is being monitored through LCPtracker, the employment hours are captured and monitored through payroll entered into the system. For all other projects, the general contractor is responsible to maintain the appropriate records to document their compliance and produce if audited.
Last updated Nov 15, 2016