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Donald Erickson
09.05.2018

The NLRB Handbook Ruling: Extents and Limitations

A.  The NLRB Handbook Decision: The Boeing Company, 365 NLRB No. 154 (Dec. 14, 2017 On December 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that overturned thirteen years of precedent that had allowed handbook and work rules to be challenged on the basis that they could be interpreted to affect employee’s […]

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Tom Witt 2018 Color 17002_WIT41F_300DPI
09.05.2018

Beware the Hardworking and Conscientious Employee

Overtime Concerns for Nonprofits The best of intentions can cause unintended problems. Most people who choose to work at nonprofits do so for the sense of purpose and mission. These employees are often willing to volunteer their time or go the extra mile without being asked. Unfortunately, the employees’ willingness to go above and beyond […]

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Mia Thibodeau
08.02.2018

Tax Reform Tidbits for Businesses and Individuals

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 (the “Act”) and made significant changes to income tax laws affecting businesses and individuals.  This article describes some of the changes that may be of greatest impact to businesses and individuals.  Most individual taxpayers are expected to see a reduced tax […]

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eric-johnson
06.01.2018

Legal Principles Affect Recreational Water Use: Some Things to Know Before You Boat or Build That Dock

In Minnesota and Wisconsin, water is an essential element of summer recreation. Swimming, boating, fishing, and paddling of all kinds are ubiquitous on our lakes and rivers when the temperatures rise. Because “lake season” is often fleeting, we don’t normally consider legal questions regarding recreational water use. For instance, can the owner of lakefront property […]

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Matt Hanka
05.01.2018

Minnesota Mechanic’s Liens

Mechanic’s liens are strong tools for contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and others who provide materials and labor for construction projects. They are a statutory creation that provides a path to payment for those in the construction trades. A contractor or supplier can assert a lien and ultimately force a foreclosure sale if they are not fully […]

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Tom Witt 2018 Color 17002_WIT41F_300DPI
04.19.2018

What’s in a Name?

Your business’s name is crucial. It helps customers identify the business and carries its reputation. This is true whether you invest in marketing to grow the brand or let your products and services speak for themselves.  For limited liability entities such as corporations and limited liability companies, the business name serves another critical purpose—it is […]

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03.06.2018

An Attorney’s Perspective – Invest in Legal Advice to Save Your Business Risk and Money

If someone told you that you could spend $5,000 now and it would save you $300,000 later, would you invest? I’m guessing the answer is yes. Yet so often business owners skip attorney review of a transaction to save a few dollars not thinking of the ramifications of a contract dispute; or simply trusting there […]

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John Gasele
01.05.2018

Changes to Minnesota LLCs in 2018

New Year’s resolutions are often about personal health.  If you own a limited liability company, 2018 presents an opportunity to add a resolution related to the health of your business.  That’s because big changes are in store for Minnesota LLCs in the coming year.  Back in 2015, Minnesota adopted a new LLC act, which is […]

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eric-johnson
11.03.2017

Minnesota’s Recreational Use Statute May Limit Landowner Liability

With the winter sports season not too far away, private landowners may face the issue of whether to allow access over their property for recreational activities. While Minnesota’s recreational land use statute may assuage some fears of potential liability, a new court decision may narrow protections for landowners who allow others to recreate on their […]

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John Gasele
09.27.2017

Reduce Your Risk of a Data Breach

The recent security breach suffered by Equifax is a good reminder of the importance of data security.  This article provides some tips for smaller businesses to have effective policies to help secure data, and how to plan for the legal issues that come from a data breach.  Big hacks like Equifax’s receive a great deal […]

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