Articles

Aaron Kolquist
09.01.2016

Hiring a New Employee Subject to a Non-Compete

Non-competition agreements (“non-competes”) are increasingly utilized by employers to limit and control the competitive activities in which an employee may engage after his or her employment ends, especially with regard to key employees.  What happens when a prospective new employer (“hiring employer”) wants to hire a star candidate who is subject to a non-compete with […]

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John Gasele
08.24.2016

NEW SALARY REQUIREMENT FOR EXEMPT EMPLOYEES

Employers should be aware of a massive change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Everyone generally understands that exempt employees are paid an annual salary with no overtime for hours worked over 40 in a week, and non-exempt employees are paid an hourly wage or salary, but are entitled to overtime at 1 ½ […]

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John Gasele
07.01.2016

New Salary Requirement for Exempt Employees

Employers should be aware of a massive change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Everyone generally understands that exempt employees are paid an annual salary with no overtime for hours worked over 40 in a week, and non-exempt employees are paid an hourly wage or salary, but are entitled to overtime at 1 ½ […]

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Eric Johnson
06.02.2016

To Avoid a Void Foreclosure by Advertisement, Strict Compliance is Best

Lenders often secure repayment of loans by taking a mortgage on real estate owned by the borrower.  If the borrower becomes unable to repay the loan, the lender may foreclose the mortgage and take back the property.  In Minnesota, there are two ways to foreclose on real estate: by action and by advertisement.  (Wisconsin only […]

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Matt Hanka
05.05.2016

Disclosures in Residential Real Estate Transactions

Regionally, spring is a busy time for residential real estate transactions.  It is a time when many home sellers decide to list their property, and buyers often step up their intensity when searching for a new home.  Some of the most common inquiries real estate attorneys receive, especially at this time of year, relate to […]

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Aaron Kolquist
03.29.2016

Employers Beware: Upcoming Changes Regarding FLSA Employee Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed to amend certain provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including an amendment that will more than double the minimum salary level required for employees to be exempt from minimum wage and overtime protection.  Ready or not, the DOL expects to finalize and publish the amended […]

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Chris Virta
03.03.2016

Growing Trend: Use of Tax Abatement for Economic Development and Public Facilities

Tax abatement is an economic development tool for communities that appears to be gaining in popularity in recent years.  First authorized by the Minnesota Legislature in 1997 as an alternative to TIF, tax abatement allows a city, town, county, or school district to abate all or a portion of its property tax on a parcel […]

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Dehlia Seim
02.19.2016

Border Battles? How to Resolve that Boundary.

I’m not referring to the Viking-Packer rivalry, but the unpleasant discovery that a property boundary line may not be where you or your neighbor believed it to be. Real estate attorneys field these calls often, and it’s our job to help sort it out so everyone is happy or at least equally dissatisfied, as a […]

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Eric Johnson
02.15.2016

SUBPOENA COMPLIANCE UPDATE

How should a financial institution respond to a civil subpoena for customer records? A subpoena is a document issued in the name of a court or government agency that commands the recipient to produce documents, permit inspection, copying, testing, or sampling, or appear at a trial, hearing, or deposition.  A sample subpoena is attached hereto. […]

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Aaron Kolquist
01.20.2016

Landowners Take Notice: Minnesota’s New Buffer Strip Law May Affect You Soon

Do you own a lake cabin?  Is your property located next to a stream or public drainage system?  If you are a Minnesotan landowner owning property adjacent to a public lake, river, stream, ditch, or other wetland, you need to be aware of Minnesota’s new buffer strip law being implemented in 2016.  This law imposes […]

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