Business Law

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 […]

Best practices in equipment financing

02.9.2018
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Many small businesses rely on equipment financing contracts and equipment leases to obtain office equipment or tools of the trade. Equipment financing and/or leasing helps businesses meet their equipment needs right away, but there are risks involved. Here are our top 5 tips for managing risk:

1. Don’t stop making payments under a lease or financing contract.

Equipment should always be inspected before the contract is signed. Most equipment leases and financing contracts contain, at the least, a clause indicating that the purchaser/lessee has had the opportunity to thoroughly inspect the equipment. Many contracts require […]

New Minneapolis minimum wage law now in effect

01.9.2018
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If your employees work in the City of Minneapolis, even infrequently, you may need to comply with the City’s new minimum-wage ordinance. Effective January 1st, 2018, the ordinance will incrementally raise the minimum wage until it reaches $15.

Does my business have to comply?

Yes, if your employees work in Minneapolis for at least 2 hours/week during any calendar week (not during every calendar week). A calendar week is defined as Monday-Sunday. But take note:

You have to pay the minimum wage for time worked within the City when the employee meets the conditions […]

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 […]