Business Law

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 […]

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 […]

How to Hire the Right Employees the First Time

11.26.2013
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So you are in need of some new employees. You need them to start soon, as in now. There is work to be done and the hiring process takes too much time. Ok, STOP. Hiring the wrong employees quickly will cause you to spend tenfold the time dealing with them later. You know the employees I am talking about because you have them on staff currently. You spend more time dealing with the mistakes from one bad employee than you do dealing with all of your good employees.

Put a stop to this merry go round of bad hiring by […]

How to Avoid Getting Sued

08.11.2013
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As an attorney I will often have clients that want me to write a contract for them that will “keep them from being sued”. Every time this happens, I have to break the news to them that nothing I do can keep them from getting sued. Anyone can sue you at any time and for virtually any reason. That is the unfortunate truth in today’s society.

Despite this unfortunate revelation, there are many simple steps that can be taken to help you avoid lawsuits in the first place, or prove your case if you should ever end up in […]