2014 July

New Minimum Wage & Poster for Minnesota

07.30.2014
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Beginning August 1st, 2014, the minimum wage in Minnesota will increase. Among the major changes, is an increase to $8.00 per hour for employees of companies that have more than $500,000 in gross sales per year. There are additional changes too, so check out the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry’s new wage poster for details. Also, make sure your business has all of the required state posters, which are available for FREE through the Department of Labor’s website: http://www.dli.mn.gov/ls/posters.asp

When is it legal to ask applicants about crimes?

07.29.2014
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Has your state banned the box?

Across the country, states are joining a slow, but steadily growing movement to ban employers from requiring workers to disclose their criminal history in initial job applications. Illinois is the latest state to pass so-called ban-the-box legislation, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants if they have criminal records until the final stages of the hiring process.

It’s important to note that these laws don’t typically prevent employers from using criminal history as a factor in hiring decisions. Instead, they dictate when employers can inquire about criminal […]

Small Claims Court Limit Raised

07.25.2014
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Up to $15,000 in most cases

Conciliation court, also called “Small Claims” court, can be an inexpensive and simple way to convert collectibles into judgments.  Beginning August 1st, conciliation plaintiffs will be able to claim up to $15,000 in most cases.   For plaintiffs in consumer credit matters, the maximum claim will remain at $4,000.00.  See Minnesota Statutes § 491A.01, subd. 3a.

Conciliation court is a less expensive and less formal type of court in which parties generally appear without an attorney.  Individuals are allowed to represent […]