Aaron Kolquist

Buy-Sell Agreements: Protecting Closely-Held Companies from the Unexpected

It can be easy for small business owners to overlook certain unexpected events that can derail a business in no time.  What happens when an owner dies, becomes disabled, embezzles a bunch of money from the company, or wants to sell his or her shares or ownership interests to some unknown third party in China?  […]


Matt Hanka

Managing Your Construction Project – information for a successful project

It is construction season.  Owners are planning and hiring for commercial and residential projects.  There are many qualified contractors in our area who are skilled and ready to assist.  How do you find them?  What should be in the contract?  What about warranties for the work?  The following practical tips and summary of the relevant […]


Dehlia Seim

Doing Business with Dogs, Pigs and Turkeys

Have you noticed an unusual animal in a place you hadn’t expected or seen before? There has been an increase in publicized stories revolving animals in places generally reserved for humans. A few accounts from the news: Support turkey gets to fly: [1] “the passenger provided proper documentation proving that the fowl was indeed their […]


Aaron Kolquist

The Rise of Paid Sick Leave Laws

Paid sick leave laws have received increased focus in recent years as proponents push for such laws to be implemented.  While paid sick leave laws are unlikely to gain traction on a federal level, certain states, and especially municipalities, are taking action to pass laws that will require most employers to offer paid sick leave […]



Minnesota and Wisconsin Law Require Notice to Customers in the Event of a Data Breach

These days we hear more about data breaches at large companies such as Target, Home Depot, and Yahoo. In part, this stems from businesses increasing retention of customer information. Information as simple as a person’s name, address, or email can be valuable to those who would, for example, compile hundreds or thousands of email addresses […]


John Gasele

Uncertainty in Overtime Requirements

Employers face great uncertainty with respect to payment of overtime right now.  New regulations from the U. S. Department of Labor were to raise the salary requirement for exempt employees to $47,476 on December 1, 2016.  However, a federal district court judge in Texas imposed a nationwide injunction halting implementation of the new regulations.  We […]


Eric Johnson

Successor Liability: A Key Consideration for Business Acquisition Planning

When one business acquires the assets of another, the question arises of whether the acquiring business will be liable for the legal obligations of business that it acquired. This implicates the question of successor liability, which involves the competing interests of compensating injured parties for harm caused by the acquired business entity and protecting the […]


Samuel Richie

2016 Election Preview

The 2016 campaign season has been one of the most tumultuous in modern history, and as the day of decision approaches, the races are overheating with no improvement in the overall tone. The Democratic and Republican presidential nominees are the two most unpopular candidates in memory, and the result has been an ugly, negative, attack-based […]


Aaron Kolquist

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 […]


John Gasele


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 […]