During 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.
Earlier 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 Pearl (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 Gulf. 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), and Coca-Cola (photo below at right), to name a few. Though our visit was brief, we left with a better understanding of the people living and working there.
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.
Tom Jacobson has been selected to the 2018 Minnesota Employment and Labor Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the Super Lawyers' research team to receive this honor. This is the third time Jacobson has made this list. Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Jacobson is a shareholder at Swenson Lervick.
"I'm being harassed at work! Do I have a case?" This is another question I hear a lot from potential clients, much like "Can I sue for wrongful termination?" More often than not, the "harassment" is by a boss who is just being a jerk, and I have to tell the potential client that there is no law against being a jerk.
Employers can be held liable for injuries suffered by employees who are assaulted by their co-workers, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reiterated in a recent case. The decision highlights the importance of reducing the risk of workplace violence by conducting background checks of potential employees and enforcing anti-violence policies with existing employees.
Though it's been done since the beginning of time, breastfeeding in public made waves this summer when our local paper asked for comments from its readers (see It's Your Turn: Facebook readers share thoughts on breastfeeding, Echo Press Sept. 4, 2015; A mom's dilemma, Echo Press Sept. 4, 2015).
A recently settled Minnesota Department of Human Rights charge against Jack Link's Beef Jerky emphasizes the importance of follow-through when responding to sexual harassment allegations.