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Minneapolis minimum wage update

03.13.2019
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In January 2018, the City of Minneapolis’ minimum wage ordinance took effect. Businesses and business groups had previously sued the city to block the law, noting that the city’s minimum wage exceeded Minnesota’s current statewide minimum wage. In April 2018, a Minnesota district court held that the state law did not prohibit Minneapolis from setting a higher wage for employees who worked in the city.

This week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s decision. The Court of Appeals noted that current state law sets a floor, not a ceiling, for minimum wages. Cities cannot […]

Are electronic signatures valid?

09.18.2018
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If you’re a contractor or business owner, you probably require your clients to sign service agreements before you start work for them. While it can be time-consuming and costly to prepare and store paper copies of every agreement, many contractors and businesses are unclear on whether their clients can electronically sign contracts. If a client types their name at the end of a Microsoft Word document, for example, is that legally binding? What about inserting an image of their signature into a PDF? What happens if the client later claims that the contract was invalid?

Electronic signatures can […]

Sick and Safe Leave Update: Geographic Limitations

07.10.2017
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In 2016, Minneapolis enacted an ordinance requiring that all employees who work in the city more than 80 hours per year accrue paid leave for illness, injury, or safety concerns for themselves or their dependents. St. Paul enacted a similar ordinance a few months later. Together, these are known as Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinances. Controversy surrounding them has resulted in a lawsuit, now-vetoed state legislation, and much debate. Recently, both cities released enforcement guidelines modifying the effects of the ordinances in an effort to comply with a recent court order, which is under appeal. The future […]

Minneapolis new minimum wage

07.7.2017
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Minneapolis New Minimum Wage

The Minneapolis City Council recently passed a new minimum-wage ordinance that increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Read on to find out whether this will impact your business:

Who
The ordinance is still brand-new and much remains to be clarified. However, as the ordinance is currently written, all businesses that do business within Minneapolis will be affected. Large businesses (those with more than 100 employees [including those outside Minneapolis]) will be required to comply sooner than small businesses. The minimum-wage requirements will apply to all employees, whether […]