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Minnesota Government Contractors: What you need to know

Every contract or subcontract for or on behalf of Minnesota, or any county, city, town, township, school, school district, or any other district in the state, for materials, supplies, or construction, must contain certain provisions prohibiting discrimination in employment (MN Stat. Sec. 181.59). Required provisions include:
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• No contractor, material supplier, or vendor will discriminate in hiring or employment against any person on the basis of race, creed, or color who is qualified and available to perform the work.
• No contractor, material supplier, or vendor will discriminate against, intimidate, or prevent the hiring, employment, or working of any person on the basis or race, creed or color.
• A violation of this law is a misdemeanor.
• The contract may be canceled or terminated and all money due or to become due may be forfeited for a second or any subsequent violation of the contract terms.
A contractor for goods and services that bids for or makes a proposal on a contract for goods or services in excess of $100,000 with the state and has 40 or more full-time employees on a single working day within the previous 12 months, either within the state or outside the state where the contractor has its principal place of business, must have a written affirmative action plan (MN Stat. Sec. 363A.36).
The plan must cover women, minorities, and the disabled, and must be approved by the commissioner of Human Rights. The commissioner will issue a certificate of compliance after approving the affirmative action plan. Certificates are valid for 2 years, but they may be revoked if the contractor fails to make a good-faith effort to implement the affirmative action plan. If a ...

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