The Need for Businesses to Accommodate At-Risk Customers | Executive Order Under COVID-19

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In addition to the Minnesota Governor’s May 13, 2020 Executive Order related to the Safe Reopening of Minnesota’s Economy, the Minnesota governor issued an Executive Order the same day that also warrants attention by businesses providing in-person services to customers. In Executive Order 20-55, the Minnesota Governor ordered the Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development to issue guidance necessary for private and public businesses to provide accommodations to at-risk customers by adjusting times, services, and manner of delivering goods and services to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection. The Executive Order is called Protecting the Rights and Health of At-Risk Populations during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency. At-risk persons include people who are: 65 years and older. Living in a..

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The Right to Refusal to Work Executive Order Under Covid-19

While the Minnesota Governor’s May 13, 2020 Executive Order related to the Safe Reopening of Minnesota’s Economy is generating considerable headlines and discussion, it is notable that there was an Executive Order issued the same day that also warrants attention by employers. In Executive Order 20-54, the Minnesota Governor ordered that employers must protect workers from unsafe working conditions and retaliation during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency. Employers are forbidden from discriminating or retaliating in any way against a worker communicating orally or in writing with management about occupational safety or health matters related to COVID-19, including asking questions or expressing concerns. This Executive Order also specifically applies existing law related to a refusal to work under certain conditions to the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers have the..

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BGS Adds New Real Estate Attorney to Team

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of a new associate to our firm. Erik C. Ordahl has joined the firm’s Real Estate and Banking department and will be working closely with attorneys practicing in those areas serving existing clients and enhancing the firm’s ability to serve our community. He is an experienced real estate attorney who has worked with clients in commercial and real estate transactions negotiating and drafting agreements in land usage, real estate development projects, environmental issues, property maintenance, and more. He has also worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Erik is a 2017 graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Cum Laude, where he was also a member of the Transactional Law Meet..

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BGS Attorney Earns Certificate in Cybersecurity and Privacy Law

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BGS Attorney Dave Schaps awarded Roseville Area Optimist Club’s 2019 “Optimist of the Year”

On February 14th, 2020, BGS Attorney Dave Schaps was awarded the Roseville Area Optimist Club’s 2019 “Optimist of the Year.” Dave is a charter member and serves as the Club Secretary on the Club’s Board of Directors. The Roseville Area Optimist Club started in January of 2016 with 19 Charter members with the goals of professional development, communication, and serving local youth in the community. It has since grown to approximately 145 members, who participate in a monthly lunch meeting with a speaker. Dave also is responsible for all of the Club’s communications and did pro bono work to launch the Club’s first ever book, “Voices of Optimism,” which features over 65 stories from the membership on optimism. His efforts were celebrated for his professionalism..

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