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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 […]

Minnesota Non-Compete Agreements

Non-Competes have become commonplace in the workplace in Minnesota and can be burdensome to employees and an effective way for employers to protect their business, employees, confidential information and trade secrets.  It is a myth that non-competes can’t be enforced against an employee and prevent the employee from working in […]

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 […]

Unemployment Claims

The Unemployment Compensation Law in Minnesota: An employment separation situation is when an individual’s employment ends for any reason such as lack of work, voluntary quitting or a termination.  In order to obtain unemployment insurance you must apply for it on line with the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program,  If […]

Severance Package Negotiations

If you are threatened with being fired or laid off from your employment, I can assist you with the process of negotiating a severance agreement. A Minnesota Severance Package is offered for various reasons, but some of the reasons include: The Employer has a policy of offering employees a Minnesota […]

Wrongful terminations in Minnesota

Minnesota is an employment "at-will" state. 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. However, there are many exceptions to the at-will rule doctrine. The exceptions include when a […]


The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemption rule will change on December 1, 2016.  The Department of Labor released its final rule on May 18, 2016, revising the overtime exemption regulations of the FLSA and making millions of exempt employees eligible for overtime pay.  The final overtime rule includes […]

Can I negotiate my vacation and sick time as pay as part of a severance if I am terminated?

It depends what your companies policies are.  Minnesota law does not give you the right to "cash in" your unused vacation or sick time when you leave employment. The companies that do have a policy regarding payment for unused leave usually make a distinction between employees who leave voluntarily, those […]

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