2018 July

Reminder: Securing commercial loads

07.20.2018
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Recently, a Hastings landscaper who failed to properly secure an 1100-pound boulder in a his truck caused the deaths of two other motorists. While tragic, the accident is a reminder of the importance of knowing and abiding by Minnesota and Federal laws about securing loads in commercial vehicles.

Minn. Stat. 169.81, subd. 5 requires drivers to ensure that any load is secured to prevent escaping. For all commercial motor vehicles driven in interstate or intrastate commerce, Minnesota has adopted the load securement provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations at 49 C.F.R. 393.100-136 […]

Avoid these mechanics lien mistakes

Mechanics’ liens protect landscapers, construction companies, and many other businesses against the risk of nonpayment. If a landowner refuses to pay for improvements made to their property, the business can often file a lien on the property. Filing a lien frequently incentivizes payment. If the landowner still doesn’t pay after the lien is filed, the business can foreclose on the lien.

However, the Minnesota lien process is very specific, and certain mistakes can prevent you from being able to record or enforce a lien. Keep reading to avoid the following mistakes:

Not realizing that you can file a […]

What personnel records can employees review?

07.12.2018
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Minnesota law requires employers to grant employees access to certain personnel records during and after employment. Whether or not each item is included in what the employer keeps as a “personnel file,” the law still requires that employees be allowed to access specific records.

In practice, it’s often a good idea to keep copies of these things in a single “personnel file.” That way, when an employee requests access, you don’t have to retrieve items from multiple locations and risk forgetting something that the employee is legally entitled to review. Fines for failing to provide access can be […]

Before you meet with your lawyer: Business governance documents

07.11.2018
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If your new business has multiple owners, it is important to have proper governance documents—like a partnership agreement, operating agreement, or shareholder agreement. Typically, these documents address topics like who can make day-to-day decisions on the company’s behalf, how ownership interests can be sold or transferred, and who decides what the company does with net profits.  These documents can reduce the potential for costly disputes down the road and should be drafted around the owner’s specific needs and goals.  Here are some topics that you’ll be discussing when you meet with your lawyer. We […]