Employment Law

Statewide minimum wage increase

11.20.2017
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Minnesota employers take note: Minimum wage will increase statewide as of January 1, 2018. There are two rates: a large-business rate and a small-business rate. If your annual gross revenue (not net revenue) is $500,000 or more, you’ll need to pay the large-business rate of $9.65/hr. If your annual gross revenue is lower, you’ll need to pay the small-business rate of $7.87/hr.

State law requires employers to display a minimum-wage poster in their workplace. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has an updated poster available for […]

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Worker Classification Rules

10.5.2017
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Many businesses try to hire “independent contractors” by issuing IRS Form 1099 and signing independent-contractor agreements. Unfortunately, these steps don’t guarantee that workers are legitimate subcontractors or independent contractors. Instead, federal and state guidelines generally focus on the worker’s job duties in order to determine the appropriate classification.

Each state can create additional rules and regulations pertaining to worker classification. Check with your state labor department for clarification on state-specific rules. However, the federal government’s guidelines, described below, generally provide enough clarity to determine proper worker classification.

Federal guidelines 1: IRS

The IRS […]

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 […]

Minneapolis Sick/Safe Leave Law Update

01.20.2017
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In May 2016, the City of Minneapolis passed a highly-publicized ordinance requiring most employers to provide paid sick and safe leave for many employees. The ordinance resurfaced in Minnesota headlines this week when a Hennepin County judge prevented the City from enforcing the ordinance against nonresident employers when it goes into effect in July.

Recap: The ordinance

Minneapolis Ordinance No. 2016-040 requires employers to provide their employees with 1 hour of paid sick/safe leave for every 30 hours worked, with annual caps and some rollover. Leave can be used for various illness- or safety-related […]

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