Patrick McGuiness

Minnesota Child Labor Law – Work Restrictions for Employees 16 and Younger

02.11.2014
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Workers Younger Than 14 Years Old:
Let’s start with the youngest workers. With a few exceptions, minors under the age of 14 may not be employed at all. The exceptions include:

-Minors can be newspaper carriers (but must be at least 11 years old)

-Minors can work in agriculture if they are at least 12 years old and have parental consent. Remember that the only part of the green industry that qualifies as agriculture is work that involves the production and propagation of crop or plant material.

-Minors can be employed as actors or models

-Minors can […]

Non-Compete Agreements in Minnesota

02.6.2014
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Generally, Minnesota courts do not like non-compete agreements. They are seen as a restriction on the ability of people to work and a constraint on the free movement of workers. However, there is a place for non-compete agreements and courts recognize that. Given the confidential nature of information many employees have access to, and how that could harm a business if the employee went to a competitor, Minnesota courts are willing to enforce non-competes if they are found to be “reasonable.”

Well, “reasonable” seems like a simple enough standard to meet, but what is reasonable to one […]

The Minnesota Parenting Leave Act

01.31.2014
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The Minnesota Parenting Leave Act (MPLA) has long required employers to allow their employees to use personal sick leave to care for the employee’s minor child due to illness or injury. As of August 1, 2013, that sick leave also extends to the sickness or injury of the employee’s family members. Qualified family members include the employee’s sibling, parent, grandparent, or stepparent. In addition, the Act previously extended only to minor children under 18 years of age, but now also extends to children under age 20 who are still attending secondary school.

This change to the MPLA […]

New Minnesota Job Application Requirements

01.13.2014
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Does your business have a job application that people must fill out in order to be considered for employment with your business? If you do, when was the last time you reviewed it to make sure it was legally compliant. There are often changes to the law which affect what can be on job applications. Often, application templates from office stores, or downloaded off the internet are not legally compliant. One recent change to what can be asked on Minnesota job applications takes effect on January 1st, 2014.

Under legislation dubbed ‘ban the box’, Minnesota Statute 364.021, employers are […]