Category: News & Events

Nursing Mother/Lactating Employees and Pregnancy Accommodation in Minnesota

June 12, 2023  |  Toni Perrier

An Update on the 2023 Changes to the Law By Scott Lepak and Katherine Bogart The 2023 Minnesota legislature amended the prior nursing mother and pregnancy accommodation statute to provide broader protections and clarifications.  The law is at at Article 11, Section 27.  It will go into effect on July 1, 2023.       Nursing Mothers/Lactating Employees Among the changes to the law, it now requires employers to provide reasonable break times to an employee who needs to express milk.  The prior requirement that the employee be expressing breast milk for her infant child has been removed.  The twelve month limitation following the birth of the child that was in the law has also been removed.  A practical effect of this change is that employees expressing milk in order to sell or donate it are now permitted to take breaks for this purpose. The law also removes the prior exception where an employer could deny break times where it would unduly disrupt the operations of the employer.  With this revision in the law, it appears that employer hardship is no longer a defense for employers under the law.  The law adds the requirement that the employer make reasonable efforts to provide a room or other location that is clean, private and secure.  The…

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New Law in Minnesota Voids Most Covenants Not to Compete

June 5, 2023  |  Scott M. Lepak

The Minnesota legislature is poised to pass a law that generally prohibits employers from entering into new covenants not to compete in Minnesota except in narrow instances.  It is expected that the governor will sign the bill when it is presented to him.  If signed, it will become effective the day following the governor’s signature and will apply to contracts and agreements entered into on or after that date.   Pursuant to this bill, a covenant not to compete is defined as an agreement between an employee and employer that restricts the employee, after termination of employment, from performing work: for another employer for a specified period of time; in a specified geographical area; or for another employer in a capacity that is similar to the employee’s work for the employer that is a party to the agreement. These limitations are important given that the courts in Minnesota have generally refused to enforce covenants not to compete where there is not a specified time limit (i.e. it applies forever) or geographic limit (it applies across the entire planet).  This new law will broadly apply to employers who are individual(s), partnership, association, corporation, business, trust, or any person or group of persons acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer in relation to…

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Herman L. Talle Retirement

February 15, 2023  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

Attorney Herm Talle is a well-known figure in Anoka County legal fields and has practiced since 1959. Herm joined Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. during a merger in 1991 with the intention of winding down his practice. That practice continued for another thirty-two years. Herm finally decided to retire on January 31st, 2023. During those final 32 years Herm counseled many young attorneys and taught them how to be good lawyers. Full of history, knowledge and a unique insight on legal practice, Herm routinely made everyone’s day brighter at BGS just by showing up and being part of the team. His stories will be missed dearly, and we wish him all the best in retirement at long last. Congratulations Herm! Well done and well-earned retirement.

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