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Before You Sign a Severance Agreement

What You Need to Know Before Signing A Severance Agreement I review, draft and negotiate severance agreements and assist employees who have been laid off or fired. Many employees will face this situation sometime during their working career. Good employment practices provide employees with notice that they aren’t meeting the […]

Can I break my non-compete agreement?

In contract law, a non-compete agreement is a clause signed by one party to not enter into professional competition with another party. They are most often used by employers to prevent employees from opening their own business that is in direct competition to the employer. Some employers may require a […]

The Legality of Talking Politics at Work: Everything You Need to Know

We live in a very polarized political environment in our society these days. Whether it is a Supreme Court nomination, elections or some other current event. People seem to have strong opinions about issues and feelings can easily be hurt when there is a discussion about politics, social issue, religion […]

Been a Victim of Layoff or Termination?

It can be scary facing a layoff or termination. If you are facing this predicament, you probably have a lot of questions: Will I receive severance pay? Will severance come in one lump sum or spread out? What will a severance package look like? What will happen to my medical […]

What is a Wrongful Termination

Minnesota is an employment "at-will" state and there is no specific claim of wrongful termination. At will employment means an employee can quit for any reason and the employer can terminate an employee for any reason as long as that reason is not illegal. When we lawyers refer to wrongful […]

What to do if you are terminated from your job.

Minnesota is an employment “at will” state. Minnesota is an employment "at will" state which means the employer can fire any employee for any reason as long as that reason is not illegal and the employee can quit for any reason. However, there are numerous reasons that a termination may […]

Severance Agreements

Using Severance Agreements: A severance agreement is a contract between an employer and an employee. In most situations, the employee will be giving up his or her right to sue the employer and the employee will be provided additional compensation, benefits or other consideration for giving up this right. The […]

Create or Revise your Employee Handbook

There is no law requiring that you have an employee handbook, but an employee handbook can be very helpful in documenting all your policies in one place and making your policies consistent with State and Federal law.  An employee handbook should be tailored to the employer and should not be borrowed […]

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Independent Contractor Agreements in Minnesota:

Many businesses use independent contractor agreements when working with consultants, independent contractors or vendors.  This relationship can be extremely beneficial to the business as opposed to hiring employees. Some of the benefits to the employer include: Not having to withhold federal taxes Not having to pay Social Security and Medicare […]

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