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New Wage Theft and Employer Record Keeping Requirements Begin July 1

index_1.jpgDuring its 2019 Special Session, the Minnesota Legislature passed a new law that imposes significant new wage theft, recordkeeping and payroll requirements on employers. These new obligations will go into effect on July 1 (the criminal sanction parts go into effect August 1). Therefore, Minnesota employers should act quickly to bring their employment-related documentation and processes into compliance.

Registration Open for June 5 Employment Law Update

Registration is now open for the 16th Annual West Central Minnesota Employment Law update to be held June 5, 2019 at Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria, MN.

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.

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.

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.

Court Rules in Favor of Employee who Lost Childcare

Max Tub.jpgAny parent of young children in Minnesota can tell horror stories about how difficult it is to find childcare. The shortage of childcare here has reached crisis levels (see Minnesota's 'quiet crisis' in child care: 'There's not a silver bullet', St. Cloud Times, April 13, 2018; Child care shortage reaching 'crisis' levels, Business North, Aug. 9, 2018). Often, the crisis impacts the parents' availability to work, which in turn impacts their ability to support their families. Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals gave those parents some help by ruling in favor of a mother who quit her job because she lost childcare.

USERRA Reemployment Rights Stressed by Court of Appeals


20100722-5194[2].jpgAll U.S. employers must be mindful of their uniformed service members' reemployment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA"). That's the lesson to be learned from a recent decision by the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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