2014 January

The Minnesota Parenting Leave Act

01.31.2014
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The Minnesota Parenting Leave Act (MPLA) has long required employers to allow their employees to use personal sick leave to care for the employee’s minor child due to illness or injury. As of August 1, 2013, that sick leave also extends to the sickness or injury of the employee’s family members. Qualified family members include the employee’s sibling, parent, grandparent, or stepparent. In addition, the Act previously extended only to minor children under 18 years of age, but now also extends to children under age 20 who are still attending secondary school.

This change to the MPLA […]

Do Employees Need to be Paid for Drive Time?

01.21.2014
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Every day employees drive to the office, to job sites, and to meet clients. But not all driving is equal under the law. When your employees spend their days moving from home to the shop, to job sites and back, it can be hard to know what travel time to pay for. So when are employers required to pay for travel time, and what counts as off the clock commute time?

The good news is the commute is free. It’s well established under federal law that employees don’t need to be compensated for time spent commuting […]

New Minnesota Job Application Requirements

01.13.2014
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Does your business have a job application that people must fill out in order to be considered for employment with your business? If you do, when was the last time you reviewed it to make sure it was legally compliant. There are often changes to the law which affect what can be on job applications. Often, application templates from office stores, or downloaded off the internet are not legally compliant. One recent change to what can be asked on Minnesota job applications takes effect on January 1st, 2014.

Under legislation dubbed ‘ban the box’, Minnesota Statute 364.021, employers are […]