Illinois Court Decision Offers Hope to Commercial Tenants Seeking Rent Relief

A bankruptcy court in Illinois has held that a governor’s shut-down order, combined with a force majeure provision in a restaurant’s lease, partially excused the restaurant’s obligation to pay rent.*  The case is significant because it provides commercial tenants a basis to seek relief from rental payments due to COVID-19. Governor’s Executive Orders as Force . . .

THE MINNEAPOLIS SAFE AND SICK TIME ORDINANCE IS HERE TO STAY AND DOES NOT JUST APPLY TO BUSINESSES LOCATED IN MINNEAPOLIS

On June 10, 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a Minneapolis ordinance that governs safe and sick time for employees working in Minneapolis: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce v. City of Minneapolis, No. A18-0771 (Minn. Jun. 10, 2020).  Under the Minneapolis ordinance, employees who work in the city for at least 80 hours a year accrue . . .