Employment Law Blog

Minnesota Wage Theft Legislation effective July 1 2019

The Minnesota Legislature has recently passed a Jobs and Economic Omnibus Bill that contains provisions that expands employee protections and creates new record-keeping requirements for employers.The new law also expands the…

Creating Policies to Attract and Retain Employees

If you are an employer that has tried to hire recently, you know that companies are struggling to find talented employees given the low unemployment rates. Outside of income and healthcare, one major way that a company can…

Employers Outside of Minneapolis May be Required to Provide Minneapolis Sick & Safe Time Leave to Their Employees

Lida Bannink | Employment Law


The Minnesota Court of Appeals held yesterday that Minneapolis’ Sick & Safe Time…

Because My Employee is Paid Salary, I Do Not Have to Pay Overtime, Correct? … Wrong!

I cannot count the number of times I have heard the statement from a prospective or new client that “the employee is paid salary, so we do not have to pay overtime.” This misconception can easily cost employers tens of thousands…

Walking the Fine Line of Creating an Employee Handbook

By Lida Bannink | Employment Law Attorney

Employers walk a fine line in creating employee handbooks that both protect the employer's legitimate business interests while also not…

Are You Opening Yourself to a Lawsuit in How You Discipline Employees?

By Lida Bannink | Employment Law Attorney

A common pitfall of employers is to narrowly think of discipline as a tool to punish an employee for inappropriate conduct or deficient…

Is My Non-Competition Agreement Valid?

Lida Bannink | Employment Law Attorney

A non-competition agreement is an agreement that employers use to limit their employee’s behavior after the employee leaves their company.…

The Limits of Free Speech in Employment

By Lida Bannink | Employment Law Attorney

Free Speech is a fundamental concept of our modern society. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the…

DOL Issues Guidance On Classification of Independent Contractors

The guidance specifically relates to determining who is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Supreme Court Focuses on Motive in Religious Discrimination Under Title VII

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that an employer does not need actual knowledge of a job applicant’s need for a religious accommodation to discriminate against that job applicant under Title VII.

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