Employment

St. Paul Sick and Safe Leave

09.21.2016
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The City of St. Paul recently passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide sick leave for employees. The ordinance, St. Paul City Ordinance 16-29 (available here), will be phased in beginning July 1, 2017. The ordinance is very similar to one passed earlier this year by the city of Minneapolis, but applies to all employers, regardless of size. If you’re an employer in the Twin Cities metro area, familiarize yourself with these requirements.

Leave Requirements
The ordinance requires employers to provide employees with one hour of sick/safe leave for every 30 hours worked. Employees may […]

What Not to Ask

11.18.2014
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7 Seemingly Harmless Topics to Avoid in Job Interviews

It can be tempting to start off every job interview with a little chit-chat, asking candidates about their family and private life.  But you should be cautious before asking personal questions—what would be harmless small talk in any other context can easily raise the specter of discrimination during a hiring process.

To help you figure out how to avoid legal headaches, I have put together this list of common questions that might be welcome at a cocktail party but should not be asked about in an interview […]

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 […]