Walz appoints Roslyn Robertson as new Labor commissioner

Friday, Gov. Tim Walz appointed the new commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI).

Roslyn Robertson was tapped to lead the department, which works to ensure the state’s work and living environments are equitable, healthy and safe.

Robertson’s career with DLI spans more than 30 years in several roles, including as deputy commissioner of Apprenticeship, Construction Codes and Licensing, Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health, and Workers’ Compensation. Most recently, she’s been the temporary commissioner.

"Roslyn Robertson’s deep and broad experience in worker protection issues have prepared her well to lead during this unprecedented time," Walz said. "I am proud to appoint her to this critical role of keeping Minnesota workers safe and businesses strong as we continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic together."

"For more than 30 years, I have worked to ensure DLI is a trusted resource for Minnesota’s workers and businesses," Robertson said. "I am excited to lead our agency’s dedicated staff members to address worker protection issues, help injured workers promptly receive benefits and services, educate employers and employees about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace, and improve our agency’s outreach efforts and business processes to ensure all our stakeholders’ input is considered, valued and acted upon."

Robertson replaces Nancy Leppink, who was rejected by the Minnesota Senate in August.