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Unemployment Benefits

If you quit your employment you jeopardize your chances of being eligible for unemployment benefits.  If you quit your job you will not be eligible for unemployment benefits unless the quit falls into one of the following categories: Good reason caused by the employer (one that would compel an average […]

Rest and Meal Breaks

Minnesota law does require rest breaks and meal breaks for employees covered under the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act.  Minnesota employees who work at least four consecutive hours are entitled to rest breaks.  The rest break must provide adequate time within each four consecutive hours of work to utilize the […]

Employment At-Will

Minnesota is an employment "at will" state which means the employer can fire any employee for any reason as long as that reason is not illegal and the employee can quit for any reason. However, there are numerous reasons that a termination may be unlawful. For example, if you feel […]

Wage Deductions

Permissible Wage Deductions: Employers may make the following types of deductions from employees' wages: Those required by federal or state law; Those expressly authorized in writing by the employee for the purpose of paying: union dues; life insurance premiums; hospital or surgical insurance; group accident and health insurance; group annuities; […]

Severance Agreements and Releases

Severance Package Negotiations: If an employee is threatened with being fired or laid off from their employment, I can assist the employee with the process of negotiating a severance agreement.  A Minnesota Severance Package is offered for various reasons, but some of the reasons include: 1.     The Employer has a […]

Setting Up an Effective Employee Handbook for Your Business

The relationship an Employer has with its Employees is greatly determined by the policies, procedures and rules that it puts in place to govern this relationship. These policies, procedures and rules will reflect the values and culture of the company. If the Employer doesn’t put its policies and procedures in […]

Wage Deductions

Permissible Wage Deductions: Employers may make the following types of deductions from employees' wages: • Those required by federal or state law; • Those expressly authorized in writing by the employee for the purpose of paying: • union dues; • life insurance premiums; • hospital or surgical insurance; • group […]

Employee Handbook Changes

Minnesota Employers Should Review and Revise Policies to Comply with WESA. The Women's Economic Security Act (WESA) that was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton this past Mother’s Day will impact most employers in the state of Minnesota.  The law is intended to improve the working conditions for women […]

The Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA)

The Women's Economic Security Act (WESA) that was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton this past Mother’s Day will impact most employers in the state of Minnesota.  Employers should review their policies, procedures and handbooks to comply with this law.  The law is intended to improve the working conditions […]

Commercial Real Estate Leases

How large is your commercial space? Many commercial leases refer to “usable square feet” and “rentable square feet”.  The exact square footage of the commercial space being leased is the “usable square feet” versus “rentable square feet” which refers to the exact square footage of the space and also a percentage […]

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