Employment Law

Minneapolis Now Requires Paid Sick Leave

06.6.2016
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Minneapolis has become the first city in Minnesota to require paid sick leave. On May 27, 2016, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a citywide sick leave ordinance, called the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. The ordinance requires employers with at least six employees, regardless of the employer’s location, to provide paid sick leave to employees who work in the city of Minneapolis for at least 80 hours in one calendar year. It is irrelevant whether the employee is full or part-time, seasonal, or working on a temporary basis. Employers with five employees or less must allow […]

The New Overtime Law is Here

05.23.2016
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Beginning on December 1, 2016, significant changes to federal overtime laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will take effect. The most prominent of these changes is that the threshold salary for employees to be exempt from overtime will roughly double, from $23,660 ($455/wk) to $47,476 ($913/wk).

The good news for Green Industry businesses is that this change will only affect the relatively small number of companies with employees who previously qualified for overtime exemption but earn less than $47,476. The bad news is that the change comes at a time when a shortage […]

The Overtime is Coming!

05.16.2016
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The overtime threshold is changing, and the changes could greatly impact some employers. According to the White House Domestic Policy Council, only 8% of full time salaried workers are currently being paid overtime. That’s because the rules that determine which workers are exempt from overtime pay haven’t kept up with the cost of living. Some professionals and managers are exempt from overtime if they make more than $23,660 a year and perform specific duties. However, this is about to change.

President Obama has directed the Department of Labor to update the regulations concerning who qualifies for overtime […]

Family and Medical Leave Act

04.25.2016
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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted to provide job protection for public and private employees. It is important to note that there are two versions of FMLA: the federal version and the state version. In general, employers should plan to comply with whichever version provides more protection for the employee. For this blog, we will provide information on both the federal FMLA and Minnesota FMLA.

Federal FMLA covers employers who have 50 or more employees working within an a 75-mile radius area. Only employees who have been employed for 20 or more workweeks during that year […]