The 2019 Wage Theft Law – This Law Should Really Be Called the Employer Paperwork Creation And Administrator Blood Pressure Elevation Plus Wage Theft Act

Back in the good old days wage theft was best described as taking employee payroll and putting it on horse number 5 in the 7th race at Canterbury Park. Starting next month (July 1, 2019), wage theft has gotten a new expansive meaning. The 2019 Wage Theft Law is a greatly expanded approach to employment record keeping. Employers are required to provide lots of information to new employees, create lengthy payroll earning statements and maintain (and make available) additional employer records. The “wage theft” part of the law relates to the potential criminal penalties for an employer’s failure to comply. These criminal laws become effective in August 2019. The new provisions fall into some basic categories: Additional information Employers are required to provide employees when..

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BGS Attorney Proud Volunteer at DSTA Food Drive Event

Saturday June 8th was a sunny day in Duluth, perfect for day two of the Duluth Superior Transportation Association’s 6th annual event “Fill-a-Truck, Feed a Family Food & Fund Drive”.   BGS is a member of the DSTA, and BGS attorney Carole Clark Isakson volunteered at the event with Halvor Lines’ Chief Strategy Officer Carl Svendsen. Two hours of greeting shoppers at the Miller Hill Super One Foods went by pleasantly as Carole and Carl collected food and cash donations for the local food bank. Carole’s husband Steve took a turn as well, joining in the effort. Other teams of volunteers worked over the three day event at 7 locations in and around the Duluth area. Overall the event raised approximately $10,000 for the local..

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Does Your Company’s Board have Cybersecurity Expertise?

“No”, you say, “they are great business people, and we have an IT department!”  That answer could cause you trouble. With all due deference to your IT department, it is quite possible that its expertise does not include the legal aspects of cybersecurity. It will no doubt ensure appropriate encryption and firewalls, but does it have the authority (or expertise) to advise you on data privacy laws and breach notification requirements? Can it develop compliant notices and work with your insurance company on any claims? It will know how to stop the breach (assuming it is an electronic one) but what then? Do not rely on your IT department to provide legal advice on cybersecurity. This is one of the many tasks that should be..

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BGS Attorney David Schaps Receives North Suburban Gavel Association ‘Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award

Local Government and Employment Attorney David Schaps was recently awarded a North Suburban Gavel Association “Volunteer of the Year” recognition at an event on May 15th at the Roseville OVAL. Dave was among ten award winners from various volunteer and non-profit groups that operate in and around the Roseville Area. Dave was specifically chosen for his significant volunteer and pro bono work with the Roseville Area Optimist Club. The purpose of the North Suburban Gavel Association, founded in 1964, is to facilitate the communication and cooperation of community organization leaders in the north suburban Ramsey County area, to keep leaders informed about community activities, and to recognize outstanding volunteers. There are currently over 20 community organizations that participate in the Association including groups such as..

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BGS Lawyers Brave a Cold Rainy Day for the Women Run the Cities Races

On Sunday, May 19, despite constant rain and a hypothermia warning, several female lawyers from BGS ran or volunteered at the Twin Cities Orthopedics’ Women Run the Cities races, which start and end at Minnehaha Falls. BGS’s participation in this event is spearheaded by Attorney Tammy Schemmel, a member of MNCREW (Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women), who serves as a Head Course Marshal for the races. MNCREW established Women Run the Cities in 2007. Women Run the Cities has been voted one of the top races for women in the country, and it is the premier women’s race in all of Minnesota. The race features a 5K, 10K and 10 mile distances. Attorneys Nicole Wiebold and Jennifer Moreau led the BGS four person 5K running..

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