Creative Compensation Techniques Your Business Should Consider

As we start the new year, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about how companies can differentiate themselves in compensation planning. This afternoon I’ll be presenting a series of creative techniques to the Private Directors Association, the only national association dedicated to using governance strategies as a means of growing and sustaining private companies’ […]

Mandating COVID-19 Vaccinations: What Employers Need to Know

Employers generally have the ability to define terms and conditions of employment, including health and safety standards in the workplace. As a result, the general rule is that employers may require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of returning to on-premises work. However, every general rule has some exceptions and qualifications. The […]

OSHA Compliance in the Age of COVID-19

Recently there has been a noticeable increase in complaints filed by employees with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) concerning COVID-19 infection control procedures. Employees have complained about a lack of enforcement or implementation of COVID-19 safety measures such as mask wearing, temperature checks, and proper social distancing. Although OSHA has not implemented a […]

Are employers liable for COVID-19 illness in reopened workplaces?

As some businesses slowly begin to restart operations with skeleton crews, they must observe the CDC safe conduct rules, with employees wearing masks and gloves, and common areas, such as lunchrooms, shut off. Yet what if, despite these precautions, a returning employee tests positive for the virus? What if the infection spreads, causing grave illness? […]

Minneapolis Minimum Wage Law Upheld

On January 22, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Minneapolis’ new $15 an hour minimum wage ordinance. The decision follows a three-year legal fight. The manufacturing and supplies company, Graco Inc., sued in 2017 to try to block the $15 wage from taking effect — See Graco, Inc. v. City of Minneapolis, No. A18-0593, 2020 WL […]

New Minnesota Wage Theft Law Imposes New Employer Requirements and Allows both Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violations

Minnesota’s new wage theft law, which went into effect on August 1, 2019, expands the required information that employers must disclose to employees upon hiring and throughout their employment. The law also requires employers to maintain additional records, clarifies time limits for when employees must be paid, provides the Attorney General with investigation and enforcement […]

MMB Attorneys to Discuss ADA “Drive-By” Suits, Wage-and-Hour Issues at MN Hospitality Expo

Ansis Viksnins and Aaron Hartman will be speaking to the attendees at the Minnesota Hospitality Conference & Expo on October 23 at Saint Paul’s RiverCentre. The Expo is a free hospitality industry event for relevant learning, food sampling and networking. Ansis and Aaron will offer 30-minute presentations at the so-called Connection Corners, areas on the […]

Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision Concerning Arbitration

On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court decided a significant case involving arbitration clauses in employment agreements. The court ruled that employees may be compelled to arbitrate wage-and-hour claims on an individual basis and may be precluded from joining large class or collective action lawsuits. The decision is important because employees and plaintiff’s […]