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December 2021

Wages and Working Conditions

Labor is in flux amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the so-called Great Resignation, with workers leaving or changing jobs, doing jobs from home and on the front lines, even petitioning for unions and taking actions like strikes. Several recent reports added to the Library's collection address aspects of two longstanding worker goals: higher wages and better working conditions.

The Labor Standards unit at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) responds to more than 20,000 inquiries annually from workers, employers, and others about various wage-and-hour concerns, including Women's Economic Security Act protections. DLI published its annual “Women’s Economic Security Act” report in December, covering its enforcement of employment laws in these and other areas.

Also in December, DLI published its “Minnesota Minimum Wage Report 2021.” Soon after, on January 1, 2022, Minnesota’s minimum wage rose to $10.33 an hour for large employers, and $8.42 an hour for smaller employers, trainees, and minors.

Meanwhile, Minnesota’s two biggest cities have charted their own course in bumping up wages. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis recently released reports on the local minimum wage ordinances in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. These two reports examine the aggregate labor market effects of minimum wage increases in the respective cities.

A report from the National Employment Law Project last month examines working conditions in Minnesota at a single notable employer: Amazon. “Injuries, Dead-End Jobs, and Racial Inequity in Amazon's Minnesota Operations: A Case Study on the Human Costs of Amazon's Growth” includes recommendations for action at the state level.

For regular insights into the state labor market, check out Minnesota Employment Review, a monthly online publication from the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development.

Contact us with questions, for research assistance, or to borrow any of the materials on this month's list: library@lrl.mn.gov or 651-296-8338.

New & Notable Books and Reports

Many of the items listed below are available electronically. If so, we have provided a link to the document. However, some of the documents may be very long. You can request to borrow our print copy of any of the items by selecting the check-box and clicking on the "Request Items" button.

Agriculture

Hodgeman, Jennie. Agricultural Chemical Response and Reimbursement Account (ACRRA) Annual Report. Minn. Pollution Control Agency; Minn. Dept. of Agriculture; Agricultural Chemical Response Compensation Board. December 1, 2021. TD427.A35 R48 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1124.
Mandated by: 1999 Minn. Laws Chap. 86 Art. 3 Sec. 6 (Minn. Stat. 18E.06)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211124.pdf

Elk Damage Payments Made by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Minn. Dept. of Agriculture. December 15, 2021. QL737.U55 E45 2020/2021. Minn. Publication 21-1148.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 184 Sec. 1 (Minn. Stat. 3.7371 Subd. 8)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211148.pdf

Spanier, Doug. List of Entities That Received Commissioner's Exemption Under M.S. 500.24. Minn. Dept. of Agriculture. September 22, 2021. HD1775.M6 L58 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1087.
Mandated by: 2000 Minn. Laws Chap. 477 Sec. 70 (Minn. Stat. 500.24 Subd. 3)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211087.pdf

Minnesota State Agency Pollinator Report. Interagency Pollinator Protection Team. 2021. QK926 .M562 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1120.

Children/Youth/Families

Sucsy, Anna. An Invisible Crisis: Early Childhood Homelessness: A Primer. Child Care Services Association. 2021. HV4505 .S83 2021.

Debele, Gary A. Minnesota Child Custody Deskbook. Minnesota CLE. November 2021. KFM5504.6 .M565 2021.

Computers & Technology

Buna, Ken. FAST VTRS Legislative Report. FAST Enterprises. December 10, 2021. HE5633.M6 F37 2021 Dec.. Minn. Publication 21-1144.
Mandated by: 2019 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 3 Art. 2 Sec. 34 Subd. 5(b)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211144.pdf

Crime & Corrections

A Matter of Life and Death. Domestic Fatality Review Team.  HV6626.22.H46 M38 2020. Minn. Publication 21-1105.
Mandated by: 2009 Minn. Laws Chap. 59 Art. 2 Sec. 2 Subd. 7 (Minn. Stat. 611A.203)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211105.pdf
Mandated by: 1999 Minn. Laws Chap. 216 Art. 2 Sec. 27https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211105.pdf

West Saint Paul Police Department 2021 Body Worn Camera (BWC) Audit: Executive Summary Report. Legislative Commission on Data Practices. November 16, 2021. HV7936.E7 W47 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1080.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 171 Sec. 5 Subd. 9 (Minn. Stat. 13.825 Subd. 9)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211080.pdf

Education-Higher

Mitchell, Josh. The Debt Trap: How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe. Simon & Schuster. 2021. LB2340.2 .M583 2021.

Top American Research Universities. The Center for Measuring University Performance. 2021. Ref LB2331.63 .T67 2020.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Education-K-12

Golann, Joanne W. Scripting the Moves: Culture and Control in a 'No-Excuses' Charter School. Princeton University Press. 2021. LB2806.36 .G65 2021.

Environment/Natural Resources

Cold Spring Groundwater Study. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. December 8, 2021. TD224.M6 C65 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1131.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 189 Art. 3 Sec. 44https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211131.pdf

Inventory of Water Quality Standards Projects. Minn. Pollution Control Agency. November 2021. TD224.M6 I58 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1127.
Mandated by: 2015 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 4 Sec. 100 (Minn. Stat. 115.035)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211127.pdf

Lead in Minnesota Water: Assessment of Eliminating Lead in Minnesota Drinking Water. Minn. Dept. of Health. March 8, 2019. TD196.L4 L45 2019 Update. Minn. Publication 21-1101.
Mandated by: 2017 Minn. Laws Chap. 91 Art. 2 Sec. 8(g)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211101.pdf

Mandatory Environmental Review Categories. Minn. Dept. of Transportation; Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources; Minn. Pollution Control Agency; Minn. Environmental Quality Board. December 1, 2021. TD194.66.M6 M36 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1102.
Mandated by: 2012 Minn. Laws Chap. 150 Art. 2 Sec. 3 (Minn. Stat. 116D.04 Subd. 5b)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211102.pdf
Mandated by: 2012 Minn. Laws Chap. 238 Sec. 3https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211102.pdf

Gender Issues

Colker, Ruth. Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law in a Nutshell. West Academic Publishing. 2022. KF4754.5 .C65 2022.

Women's Economic Security Act Annual Report. Minn. Dept. of Labor and Industry. December 2021. HF5549.5.E428 R47 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1129.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 181.9435 Subd. 2https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211129.pdf

Governing/Government-State

Buna, Ken. FAST VTRS Legislative Report. FAST Enterprises. December 10, 2021. HE5633.M6 F37 2021 Dec.. Minn. Publication 21-1144.
Mandated by: 2019 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 3 Art. 2 Sec. 34 Subd. 5(b)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211144.pdf

Mandatory Environmental Review Categories. Minn. Dept. of Transportation; Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources; Minn. Pollution Control Agency; Minn. Environmental Quality Board. December 1, 2021. TD194.66.M6 M36 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1102.
Mandated by: 2012 Minn. Laws Chap. 150 Art. 2 Sec. 3 (Minn. Stat. 116D.04 Subd. 5b)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211102.pdf
Mandated by: 2012 Minn. Laws Chap. 238 Sec. 3https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211102.pdf

Minnesota State Agency Pollinator Report. Interagency Pollinator Protection Team. 2021. QK926 .M562 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1120.

Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board Appropriation Transfers Report. Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. October 12, 2021. JK6141 .A67 2021 PELSB. Minn. Publication 21-0928.
Mandated by: 2017 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 2 Sec. 16 (Minn. Stat. 15.0395)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/210928.pdf
Mandated by: 2017 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 1 Sec. 40https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/210928.pdf

Government Finance

Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board Appropriation Transfers Report. Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. October 12, 2021. JK6141 .A67 2021 PELSB. Minn. Publication 21-0928.
Mandated by: 2017 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 2 Sec. 16 (Minn. Stat. 15.0395)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/210928.pdf
Mandated by: 2017 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 1 Sec. 40https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/210928.pdf

Homelessness

Sucsy, Anna. An Invisible Crisis: Early Childhood Homelessness: A Primer. Child Care Services Association. 2021. HV4505 .S83 2021.

Judicial Administration/Courts

Report to the Ramsey County District Court and the Minnesota Legislature. Clearway Minnesota. 2021. HV5767.M6 M582 2022. Minn. Publication 21-1078.

Labor & Employment Issues

Women's Economic Security Act Annual Report. Minn. Dept. of Labor and Industry. December 2021. HF5549.5.E428 R47 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1129.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 181.9435 Subd. 2https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211129.pdf

LGBTQ+ Issues

Colker, Ruth. Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law in a Nutshell. West Academic Publishing. 2022. KF4754.5 .C65 2022.

Marijuana/Cannabis

Report on Medical Cannabis Price Study. Minn. Management & Budget. August 2021. RM666.C266 B76 2020 Update. Minn. Publication 21-1056.

Minnesota History

Smith, Hampton. Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling. Minn. Historical Society Press. 2021. F614.F7 S65 2021.

Politics/Public Policy

Murray, David. An Effort To Understand: Hearing One Another (and Ourselves) in a Nation Cracked in Half. Disruption Books. 2021. HM1206 .M88 2021.

Public Utilities

Minnesota Rural Electric Association Membership Directory & Buyers' Guide. Minn. Rural Electric Association. 2021. Ref HD9688.U63 M61 2022.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Rural Issues

Rural Transit Fact Book. Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility. May 2021. HE316.U6 R873 2021.

Sports Teams/Stadiums

Thornley, Stew. Baseball in Minnesota: The Definitive History. Minn. Historical Society Press. 2021. GV863.M6 T46 2021.

State By State Comparisons

Feigenbaum, Baruch, and Spence Purnell. Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems. Reason Foundation. November 2021. TE220 .A56 2019/2020.

Taxation

Hennepin County Report Relating to the Use of Excess Sales Tax Revenues. Hennepin County. January 15, 2021. HJ9115 .H46 2019/2020. Minn. Publication 21-1077.
Mandated by: 2006 Minn. Laws Chap. 257 Sec. 12 (Minn. Stat. 473.757 Subd. 2)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211077.pdf

U.S. Master Tax Guide. Wolters Kluwer. 2021. REF KF6355.99 .U8 2022.
    This reference book is available for use in the Library or it may be checked out for a short period of time.

Transportation

Feigenbaum, Baruch, and Spence Purnell. Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems. Reason Foundation. November 2021. TE220 .A56 2019/2020.

Rural Transit Fact Book. Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility. May 2021. HE316.U6 R873 2021.

Wildlife & Hunting

Elk Damage Payments Made by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Minn. Dept. of Agriculture. December 15, 2021. QL737.U55 E45 2020/2021. Minn. Publication 21-1148.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 184 Sec. 1 (Minn. Stat. 3.7371 Subd. 8)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211148.pdf

Emergency Response to Disease Outbreaks in Wildlife. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. December 8, 2021. SF996.4 .E54 2021 Apr./Jun.. Minn. Publication 21-1146.
Mandated by: 2019 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 1 Sec. 3 Subd. 6(b)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211146.pdf

New Periodicals

For All. 2/year

Mandated Reports

A Matter of Life and Death. Domestic Fatality Review Team.  HV6626.22.H46 M38 2020. Minn. Publication 21-1105.
Mandated by: 2009 Minn. Laws Chap. 59 Art. 2 Sec. 2 Subd. 7 (Minn. Stat. 611A.203)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211105.pdf
Mandated by: 1999 Minn. Laws Chap. 216 Art. 2 Sec. 27https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211105.pdf

Hodgeman, Jennie. Agricultural Chemical Response and Reimbursement Account (ACRRA) Annual Report. Minn. Pollution Control Agency; Minn. Dept. of Agriculture; Agricultural Chemical Response Compensation Board. December 1, 2021. TD427.A35 R48 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1124.
Mandated by: 1999 Minn. Laws Chap. 86 Art. 3 Sec. 6 (Minn. Stat. 18E.06)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211124.pdf

Cold Spring Groundwater Study. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. December 8, 2021. TD224.M6 C65 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1131.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 189 Art. 3 Sec. 44https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211131.pdf

Elk Damage Payments Made by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Minn. Dept. of Agriculture. December 15, 2021. QL737.U55 E45 2020/2021. Minn. Publication 21-1148.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 184 Sec. 1 (Minn. Stat. 3.7371 Subd. 8)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211148.pdf

Emergency Response to Disease Outbreaks in Wildlife. Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources. December 8, 2021. SF996.4 .E54 2021 Apr./Jun.. Minn. Publication 21-1146.
Mandated by: 2019 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 1 Sec. 3 Subd. 6(b)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211146.pdf

Buna, Ken. FAST VTRS Legislative Report. FAST Enterprises. December 10, 2021. HE5633.M6 F37 2021 Dec.. Minn. Publication 21-1144.
Mandated by: 2019 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 3 Art. 2 Sec. 34 Subd. 5(b)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211144.pdf

Hennepin County Report Relating to the Use of Excess Sales Tax Revenues. Hennepin County. January 15, 2021. HJ9115 .H46 2019/2020. Minn. Publication 21-1077.
Mandated by: 2006 Minn. Laws Chap. 257 Sec. 12 (Minn. Stat. 473.757 Subd. 2)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211077.pdf

Inventory of Water Quality Standards Projects. Minn. Pollution Control Agency. November 2021. TD224.M6 I58 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1127.
Mandated by: 2015 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 4 Sec. 100 (Minn. Stat. 115.035)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211127.pdf

Lead in Minnesota Water: Assessment of Eliminating Lead in Minnesota Drinking Water. Minn. Dept. of Health. March 8, 2019. TD196.L4 L45 2019 Update. Minn. Publication 21-1101.
Mandated by: 2017 Minn. Laws Chap. 91 Art. 2 Sec. 8(g)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211101.pdf

Spanier, Doug. List of Entities That Received Commissioner's Exemption Under M.S. 500.24. Minn. Dept. of Agriculture. September 22, 2021. HD1775.M6 L58 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1087.
Mandated by: 2000 Minn. Laws Chap. 477 Sec. 70 (Minn. Stat. 500.24 Subd. 3)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211087.pdf

Mandatory Environmental Review Categories. Minn. Dept. of Transportation; Minn. Dept. of Natural Resources; Minn. Pollution Control Agency; Minn. Environmental Quality Board. December 1, 2021. TD194.66.M6 M36 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1102.
Mandated by: 2012 Minn. Laws Chap. 150 Art. 2 Sec. 3 (Minn. Stat. 116D.04 Subd. 5b)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211102.pdf
Mandated by: 2012 Minn. Laws Chap. 238 Sec. 3https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211102.pdf

Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board Appropriation Transfers Report. Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. October 12, 2021. JK6141 .A67 2021 PELSB. Minn. Publication 21-0928.
Mandated by: 2017 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 2 Sec. 16 (Minn. Stat. 15.0395)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/210928.pdf
Mandated by: 2017 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 4 Art. 1 Sec. 40https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/210928.pdf

West Saint Paul Police Department 2021 Body Worn Camera (BWC) Audit: Executive Summary Report. Legislative Commission on Data Practices. November 16, 2021. HV7936.E7 W47 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1080.
Mandated by: 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 171 Sec. 5 Subd. 9 (Minn. Stat. 13.825 Subd. 9)https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211080.pdf

Women's Economic Security Act Annual Report. Minn. Dept. of Labor and Industry. December 2021. HF5549.5.E428 R47 2021. Minn. Publication 21-1129.
Mandated by: Minn. Stat. 181.9435 Subd. 2https://www.lrl.mn.gov/docs/2021/mandated/211129.pdf