Employment Law Blog

Why Your 2021 Business Plan Should Include an Employee Handbook

I have a New Year’s Resolution for you that is often overlooked or put on a back burner “to do” list. Creating and/or updating your employee handbook. Having an updated handbook is one of the most important and effective tools…

Telecommuting - Does the DOL's Continuous Workday Rule Apply to COVID-19 Related Telecommuting?

The Department of Labor (DOL) has a continuous workday rule which provides that all time between an employee’s first and last principal activity of the day is compensable…

Rethinking Discipline - Using Smart Goals to Modify Workplace Behaviors

September 9th, 2020: Eckberg Lammers Employment Law attorney Lida Bannink served as lead presenter for the St. Croix Valley Employers Association's Employment Law Wednesday Webinar Series.

Read more | Oct 05, 2020

Should I Have My Employees Sign Non-Compete or Non-Solicitation Agreements?

You did the hard work and built your business from the ground up to be the successful company that it now is. You started without any employees or perhaps a few. Eventually you needed help at the top of the company. You were…

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Issues Update Addressing COVID-19 Antibody Testing

On June 17th, the EEOC posted updated and expanded technical assistance relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. They indicated that employers may NOT require antibody testing before allowing employees to re-enter the workplace.…

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…

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