Employers that operate a hotel or motel in the state must provide all on-site employees with training on the prevention of sex trafficking (MN Stat. Sec. 157.177). Training must be provided annually. New employees must receive training within 90 days of starting employment.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has created a free Minnesota Hotel Training Package
for lodging employers. The training package was developed by the department in partnership with the Minnesota Lodging Association.
Covered employers must annually certify, in an employee roster or in each employee’s personnel file, that each employee has received the required training.
The law requires training to include, at a minimum, instruction on:
• What sex trafficking is in order to raise awareness of it;
• How to recognize potential victims of sex trafficking;
• How to identify activities commonly associated with sex trafficking; and
• Effective responses to trafficking situations, including how to report suspected sex trafficking to proper law enforcement officials.
Employers may not replace the MDH training with their own training materials. In limited situations, parts of the training may be replaced but only with prior review and approval by the MDH.
Exempt employees. Employees who are exempt from the law include those under the age of 16, unless they clean rooms; those who work exclusively in a restaurant or provide catering services; and those who have no direct contact with guests or guest rooms. However, the MDH encourages training for all employees.
Covered employers are required to display a poster explaining how to recognize signs of sex trafficking and how to respond. The “Back of House” poster must ...