Bryan Zlimen

5 clauses that should be in every landscaping contract

“Will you look at my contracts and make sure they are good?” Our attorneys hear this frequently from contractors. So what does a good contract look like?

First, every contract is different. What works for some industries may not work in others. That said, several basic items should be addressed in every landscape installation contract.

Scope of Work. What will you be doing for the customer? What type of project is it? Be specific. The scope of work for each contract should be different and apply specifically to that customer and project. Let’s use a patio as […]

Overtime Salary Changes Will Not Take Effect

09.8.2017
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In May 2016, the US Department of Labor issued a new final rule amending the salary requirements for workers who qualified for overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the rule, the salary requirements for exempt workers would rise from a minimum of $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,892 per year) with additional increases scheduled for every three years beginning in 2020.

In November 2016, before the new rule went into effect, a preliminary injunction was issued by a Federal District court in Texas, preventing the rule from taking effect […]

Minnesota estate tax updates

08.30.2017
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When a person dies, his or assets (known as the person’s “estate”) may be subject to tax if they exceed certain value limits.   This type of tax is known as an “estate tax.”  There is a federal estate tax that applies estates with a value over $5.49 million (the current value limit as of 2017).  That means estates with a value of less than $5.49 million would pay no federal estate tax.

In addition to the federal estate tax, Minnesota is one of a handful of U.S. states impose their own estate taxes on its residents […]

Sick and Safe Leave Update: Geographic Limitations

07.10.2017
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In 2016, Minneapolis enacted an ordinance requiring that all employees who work in the city more than 80 hours per year accrue paid leave for illness, injury, or safety concerns for themselves or their dependents. St. Paul enacted a similar ordinance a few months later. Together, these are known as Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinances. Controversy surrounding them has resulted in a lawsuit, now-vetoed state legislation, and much debate. Recently, both cities released enforcement guidelines modifying the effects of the ordinances in an effort to comply with a recent court order, which is under appeal. The future […]

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