Business Law

Choosing the Best Employment Agreements

11.20.2014
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When a Non-Solicitation Agreement is Better than a Non-Compete Agreement

Nothing is more frustrating than watching workers you’ve trained and fostered walk away from your company to join the competition, taking customers and expertise with them.  More and more businesses are looking to non-compete and non-solicitation agreements to prevent this problem. So what kind of agreement is right for your company? It depends on what you’re looking to protect.

Non-compete agreements are designed to prevent workers who leave your company from going into direct competition, by restricting the jobs that workers […]

The 6 tips for a winning snow contract

09.15.2014
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Essential Elements to a Great Snow Services Contract

As the winter approaches and customers begin requesting quotes for snow plowing, keep in mind that one of the best ways to protect your business and ensure you are paid for your work is to have a great written contract. But it shouldn’t be the same contract you use for landscaping, lawn, or other services. So here are some essential elements that your snow contract should have.

The Who.

Who is the contract between. Usually it is just your business and the property owner, but things may […]

4 Essential Tips for Parting with Workers

09.2.2014
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Parting Ways With Employees.

Employees in Minnesota are considered “at will” employees. This means they can quit for any reason. It also means that an employer can terminate an employee for any legal reason. Provided the termination is not for a discriminatory reason (race, creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status), then employers have a lot of leeway in deciding who to terminate and when to terminate them.

No Two Week Notice.

Under Minnesota law there is no such thing as a “two week notice”. Industry customs and courtesies […]

Medical Marijuana and Workplace Safety

08.5.2014
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Drug Testing in the workplace

This spring, Minnesota became the 22nd state in the union to allow residents to use marijuana for medical treatment. The state has also joined a smaller handful of others in banning discrimination against workers who use medical marijuana. Whether or not you support legalizing medical marijuana, this law is certain to pose challenges for companies that require workers to undergo drug testing.

If your business mandates employee drug tests, now is the time to review your policies and ensure that they comply with both Minnesota and federal drug laws—a fine line to […]