Minnesota is a "no fault" divorce state, which means courts will not financially punish or reward a party when dividing assets and debts because of bad behavior during the marriage. Generally speaking, the courts will equitably divide the marital assets and liabilities between the parties. That means spouses need to understand what is marital property.
Medical marijuana (technically, "medical cannabis") may be lawfully dispensed in Minnesota starting July 1, 2015. What does this mean for Minnesota employers?
Employers must now use more caution when their dress codes clash with their employees' religious beliefs. That is the result of the United States Supreme Court's June 1, 2015 ruling in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.
The registration deadline for the Twelfth Annual West Central Minnesota Employment Law Update is June 1. Seating for the June 11, 2015 event is limited, so please register soon if you plan to attend.
The United States Supreme Court today slammed the brakes on lawsuits started by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Specifically, the Court ruled that because the EEOC has a statutory duty to attempt conciliation before suing, the courts have authority to review whether the EEOC has fulfilled that duty. Giving courts the authority to review EEOC conciliation should stifle what some believe was the EEOC's overly zealous litigation strategy.
In a 6-3 decision the U.S. Supreme Court this week revived Peggy Young's pregnancy accommodation claims against UPS. The high court's decision clarifies how the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) is to be applied to pregnant employees who work for employers that accommodate employees with nonpregnancy-related disabilities.
The twelfth annual West Central MN Employment Law Update will be held Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Alexandria Technical and Community College. The morning session is designed to inform employers about developing areas of employment law, and it will be presented by four attorneys who practice extensively in that area of the law: Tom Jacobson, Mike Moberg, Sara McGrane and Penelope Phillips. Topics for this year's event will include:
A dissolution, which is commonly called a divorce, is the most common way to legally end a marriage. If a judge grants an annulment, however, it is like the marriage never happened in the first place. An annulment can be granted on one of three grounds. The first ground is called lack of capacity, which means that one or both of the parties were unable to consent to the marriage because of mental illness, alcohol or drugs. If a party was forced or tricked into the marriage, that can also be grounds for claiming lack of capacity. The second reason a court may grant an annulment is called lack of physical capacity. This means that one party is unable to consummate the marriage by sexual intercourse, and the other party was unaware of this incapacity at the time of the marriage. The third reason a court may grant an annulment is based on age. If one or both of the parties was under the age of 18 at the time of the marriage, and the underage party had not obtained the proper consent from a parent, guardian, or the court, the marriage can be annulled. Annulments and dissolutions of marriage are complex legal matters. If you have questions about an annulment or dissolution of marriage, stop in or call Derek Trosvig at (320) 763-3141.