Green Industry

Changes to the Minnesota Retainage Law

06.7.2016
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The proposed changes to Minnesota’s retainage law we had posted about previously were signed into law by Governor Dayton on May 19, 2016. Here are the basics about the changes to the law and what they mean for your business.

Prompt Payment:
The revised statute permits contractors and subcontractors to stop work on a project if they are not paid within ten days after an undisputed payment is due. They are not required to continue work until they are paid. It will also allow recovery of interest, court costs, and attorney’s fees if civil suit is […]

Possible Reform to Minnesota’s Retainage Law

05.16.2016
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Many subcontractors and material suppliers have complaints about Minnesota’s current retainage law because it does not set a limit on how much of the contract price contractors are allowed to retain in building and construction contracts. Additionally, the law does not provide a time frame for when the retainage has to be paid to the subcontractors or material suppliers, potentially resulting in unnecessary delays for those parties to receive payment. Recently, a new bill addressing these and additional issues was introduced to the House and the Senate.

The bill proposes three major changes. First is a 5% cap on […]

Can Seasonal Employees Collect Unemployment Benefits?

10.27.2015
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The ebb and flow of Green Industry work often makes having seasonal employees a necessity. Now that the landscaping season has wound down, one thing you or your employees may be wondering is whether or not seasonal workers are permitted to collect unemployment benefits.

Are seasonal workers be allowed to collect unemployment checks in their downtime?
Traditionally, many people who worked seasonal positions had been allowed to collect unemployment benefits. However, a larger number of states are now saying that they shouldn’t be able to take benefits and employers are often surprised to discover that in certain […]

When to pay plow drivers for wait time

10.13.2014
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When storms happen, plow drivers must be ready to hit the ground running. Many drivers are on call, waiting for the snow to fall. It’s great to have a team at the ready. But are you required to pay on-call drivers for the hours they are on call?

No, most plow drivers do not need to be paid for the time they are on-call. As long as workers are allowed to use their time for their own purposes, you don’t need to pay them until they are called in. If your company […]