2014 February

Minnesota Child Labor Laws – More Child Worker Restrictions

02.20.2014
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Time Restrictions for Minors 16 & 17 Years Old:

Once a child reaches 16 years old, but before they turn 18 years old, there are expanded hours they can work. Minnesota law states that students may not work after 11pm on evenings before school days, or before 5am on school days. These hours may be expanded to 11:30pm and 4:30am respectively if the employer receives written permission from the workers parent or guardian.

Work Restriction for Minors Under 18 Years Old:

There are also many restrictions on the type of work that workers under […]

Minnesota Child Labor Law – Work Restrictions for Employees 16 and Younger

02.11.2014
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Workers Younger Than 14 Years Old:
Let’s start with the youngest workers. With a few exceptions, minors under the age of 14 may not be employed at all. The exceptions include:

-Minors can be newspaper carriers (but must be at least 11 years old)

-Minors can work in agriculture if they are at least 12 years old and have parental consent. Remember that the only part of the green industry that qualifies as agriculture is work that involves the production and propagation of crop or plant material.

-Minors can be employed as actors or models

-Minors can […]

Non-Compete Agreements in Minnesota

02.6.2014
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Generally, Minnesota courts do not like non-compete agreements. They are seen as a restriction on the ability of people to work and a constraint on the free movement of workers. However, there is a place for non-compete agreements and courts recognize that. Given the confidential nature of information many employees have access to, and how that could harm a business if the employee went to a competitor, Minnesota courts are willing to enforce non-competes if they are found to be “reasonable.”

Well, “reasonable” seems like a simple enough standard to meet, but what is reasonable to one […]