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Lida Bannink


Areas of Practice

Strong businesses are the building blocks of strong communities. Businesses give identity to communities and link them in a web of economic and social relationships that benefit all community members. As an attorney, I partner with businesses and municipalities to ensure that their day-to-day operations run smoothly which in turn allows them to focus on growth and keeping our communities strong and vibrant.

Lida Bannink is a shareholder with Eckberg Lammers and the lead attorney in our Labor & Employment as well as a litigator in our business and individual law groups. She places a special emphasis on counseling employers, both businesses and municipalities, on how to manage the complex web of laws and regulations to support their entities' human resource needs. When called upon to litigate, she is a strong advocate in the courtroom. She focuses in the following areas:


  • Employee performance issues
  • Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • American's with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Separation/termination agreements
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Noncompete/confidentiality agreements
  • Wage & overtime/medical leave
  • Whistleblowing & retaliation
  • Employment handbooks
  • Collective bargaining
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act "FFCRA"
  • Telecommuting Agreements
  • Worker Classification
  • Workplace Investigations

Lida is actively involved in bettering the community both professionally, such as her involvement in the St. Croix Valley Employers' Association, and personally through various volunteer events and charitable giving opportunities. She was raised on her family's rural farm in Clear Lake, Wisconsin and now resides in Western Wisconsin with her husband and three daughters. She has a passion for the outdoors and helping others in need.

Contact LIDA Today.

Call 651-351-2116 or send an e-mail to schedule an appointment

Client Testimonial

"I wanted to take a moment this morning to express my appreciation and gratitude. We have been entrenched in a complex human resource issue for the past 15 months with one of our employees, and Lida has been a guiding light throughout the process. She has provided us with sound advice and direction as we navigated an evolving and fluid situation with significant challenges and complexity.

We received an award and decision after a four-day trial, and I could not be more pleased with the outcome and the opinion.The decision is a direct reflection on Lida Bannink’s guidance, advice, case preparation, and trial performance. I have spent 31 years working in this industry, testified hundreds of times in court cases, and worked with a variety of attorney’s over the years in a courtroom setting. I followed along each day of the hearing and could not have been more impressed with Lida’s preparedness and presentation of the case.

The decision is a win for Eckberg Lammers, for our organization, as well as for the community. More importantly, this decision will have a significant positive impact on the morale of our employees knowing we stand by our convictions of integrity, ethics, and professionalism; and we are willing to fight for those core values. Thank you on behalf of the members of our organization."

- Labor & Employment Client


  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court
    Western District of Wisconsin
    Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    Seventh Circuit


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
    – J.D.
  • Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
    – B.A., summa cum laude


  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    – Council, Labor and Employment section
    – Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    – Member
  • St. Croix Valley Bar Association
    – Member


Rising Stars (2021)


  • St. Croix Valley Employers Association
    – Member
    – Programming Committee Member
  • New Richmond Chamber of Commerce
    – Member
  • Hudson Chamber of Commerce
    – Member
  • Greater Stillwater Area Chamber of Commerce
    – Member

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Bringing Employees Back Into The Office
May 25, 2021 | Presentation

American Rescue Plan Update
April 20, 2021 | Presentation

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Employer Update

Why Your 2021 Business Plan Should Include an Employee Handbook
January 20, 2021 | BLOG POST

Does the DOL’s Continuous Workday Rule Apply to COVID-19 Related Telecommuting?
October 21, 2020 | BLOG POST

Who Is an Independent Contractor? Department of Labor Proposes Clarity
October 9, 2020 | COMMENTARY

St. Croix Valley Employers Association: Rethinking Discipline: A tool to Improve Workplace Performance and Shield from Liability
September 9, 2020 | SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

Should I Have My Employees Sign Non-Compete or Non-Solicitation Agreements?
July 9, 2020 | BLOG POST

Attorney Lida Bannink has been appointed Council for the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Labor and Employment Law Section for 2020-2021
June 15, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Do I Have to Pay My Agricultural Employees Overtime and Minimum Wage?
December 19, 2019 | BLOG POST

Creating Policies to Attract and Retain Employees
May 9, 2019 | BLOG POST

Business & Breakfast: How to Properly Classify your Workers

Employers Outside of Minneapolis May be Required to Provide Minneapolis Sick & Safe Time Leave to Their Employees
April 23, 2019 | BLOG POST

Stillwater Chamber Business Development Session: Worker Classification

Because My Employee is Paid Salary, I Do Not Have to Pay Overtime, Correct? … Wrong!?
January 19, 2019 | ARTICLE

Help: I have hired a new employee but E-Verify is not working. What should I do?
January 8, 2019 | ARTICLE

Eckberg Lammers & Principal Financial Hiring & Retaining Your Employees

Effective Employer Practices for Managing your workforce

Walking the Fine Line of Creating an Employee Handbook
July 10, 2018 | BLOG POST

Is My Non-Competition Agreement Valid?
April 26, 2018 | BLOG POST

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