Department of Labor Proposes Updating Overtime Requirements

On  August 30th, the Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise the regulations that govern when certain employees are entitled to overtime. While it is currently tentative whether and when these proposals will become effective, if effective, these proposals would significantly increase the number of employees required to receive overtime pay…

By: Lida Bannink  Date: September 5, 2023

Should I Serve as a Trustee?

You may have been asked at one point or another to serve as a trustee for a friend of family members’ trus

By: Jade Klemmensen  Date: September 5, 2023

Estate Planning for the Blended Family

Here’s the story of a lovely lady who was bringing up three very lovely girls… Many of us know the rest of this ditty, and probably have the tune in our head right now. The Brady Bunch was an iconic show which portrayed the joys and the struggles associated with a blended fam

August 3, 2023

DHS Allows Remote Verification and Introduces New Form I-9

On July 21, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced several changes to Form I-9 in an effort to modernize the verification of employment eligibility. Currently, an employee must physically bring authorization documents to their employer, and the employer must examine the documents and verify that the employee is eligible to work.

By: Lida Bannink  Date: July 31, 2023

How Municipalities Can Navigate the New Cannabis Legislation

Step 1: Adopt an Interim Ordinance under Minn. Stat. 342.13 (e) Chapter 63 of Minnesota Session Law – 2023 was signed on May 30, 2023. The Law creates an Office of Cannabis Management which will issue licenses for the operation of cannabis businesse

By: Christina Benson  Date: July 30, 2023

Pregnant Worker Protection Laws – What are they?

This week, multiple changes in Federal and Minnesota legislation become effective, significantly altering an employer’s obligations and an employee’s rights. These legislative changes will affect the accommodations that an employer must provide to employees while pregnant and post-pregna

June 29, 2023

Minnesota Paid Family and Medical Leave

On May 25, 2023, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed the Paid Family and Medical Leave (“PFML”) bill into law, also known as the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), which provides a significant increase in an employee’s benefits and changes to an employer’s

June 20, 2023

Discipline: A Positive Tool in Organizational Culture

Discipline: A Positive Tool in Organizational Culture   Employers in Western Wisconsin/Minnesota: There is no doubt that our general societal culture tends to avoid conflict (“Minnesota Nice”). However, when I see organizations incorporating this culture in their workplace, 99% of the time, it is not serving the organization well.

By: Lida Bannink  Date: June 5, 2023