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Pitch Your Plan

f87a168175601ffc194452a9c6275c04.jpgDo you have a great business idea or know someone who does? If so, check out the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission's Pitch Your Plan Business Challenge! Swenson Lervick is a proud sponsor of this great opportunity.

The Failure of Anti-Bias Training: Is Employee Engagement the Solution ?

20180304_202223.jpgEarlier this year, my wife and I seized the opportunity to travel to Doha, Qatar to visit our son who was stationed at nearby Al Udeid Air Force Base. It was a remarkable experience. We toured the Souq Waqif (photo above), the Pearl20180306_133717.jpg (photo at right) and the Museum of Islamic Art (photo at below left), tasted the international cuisine, soaked up some sun, and swam in the Persian GulfThumbnail image for 20180305_180220.jpg. As we engaged with those we met, we realized that despite our differences, we shared many things in common. We all seem to enjoy a good meal with friends and family, basking in the sun (photo below at left)Thumbnail image for 20180307_164434.jpg, and Coca-Cola (photo below at right)20180305_120046.jpg, to name a few. Though our visit was brief, we left with a better understanding of the people living and working there.

Protecting your personal property in case of divorce

One of the most common concerns for people walking through the divorce process is what will happen to their personal property. If you are facing the prospect of divorce, you may wonder what will happen to your stuff and what you can do to protect your interests. It may be beneficial for you to learn more about what is marital property and what is non-marital property.

Marital property is anything purchased or accumulated over the course of a marriage, and it is all subject to division in the event of a divorce. It may be a prudent step for you to know how to shield your non-marital property and protect yourself in case of an unexpected situation in the future. Property division issues are often some of the most contentious issues in a Minnesota divorce. 

State Minimum Wage Set to Increase on January 1

The minimum wage for Minnesota employees will take another jump effective January 1, 2019. For large employers (any enterprise with an annual gross revenue of $500,000.00 or more), the minimum wage will increase from $9.65 to $9.86 per hour. For small employers (any enterprise with annual gross revenue of less than $500,000.00), it will jump from $7.87 to $8.04.

Alternatives to Court

Douglas_County_Courthouse_(MN).jpgThe courthouse is not the only place to resolve civil disputes. Many cases are settled through alternative forms of dispute resolution ("ADR"). Two of the most common forms are mediation and arbitration.

Donahue Performs in ND

GFD Color.jpgLest you think that attorneys only pursue justice, here's a fun fact - Swenson Lervick attorney Greg Donahue is a very accomplished violinist. Not only is he a violinist with and President of the Board of directors for the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra, but he also recently performed in a Hankinson, ND dinner theatre performance of In Pursuit of a Dream.

Does Anybody Really Know what Time it Is?

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for TAJ Color - small with name.jpgThat's the question Chicago asks in the song of the same name on their classic 1969 debut album, Chicago Transit Authority (here's a link to the original version before it was shortened for radio play). When it comes to the deadlines for bringing legal claims, not knowing the time will indeed give you "time enough to cry." That's because the law sets deadlines, called statutes of limitation, by which legal claims must be pursued. If those deadlines are missed, the claim can no longer be made in court, no matter how strong the facts and law may be to support it.

Employees' Election Day Rights

election-clipart-vote-button-free-clipart.jpgIn a week, many of us will breathe a sigh of relief that campaign ad season will be over (for now). So, now is a good time for Minnesota employers and employees to think ahead about their election day rights.

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