Employment Law

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


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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Employers Beware: Minnesota’s New Wage Theft Law

Minnesota passed a new wage theft law that imposes requirements on employers to provide offer letters. The new law requires employers to give a detailed notice to new employees when they start employment, and must include the following: 1. Employee’s Employment status a. Must indicate whether employee is full or part time. b. Must indicate exempt status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. c. Must list the basis for any exemptions (e.g. administrative, executive, computer-related, other). 2. Pay period information, including how frequently the employee will be paid. 3. Date of first paycheck. 4. How pay is calculated (salary, hourly, commission etc.). 5. List of any allowances that may be paid (e.g. housing, meals, etc.). 6. Description of any paid time off, including vacation..

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What Drivers and Employers Need to Know About the New MN Hands Free Law

Before we get started, the employment law attorneys at BGS would like to thank our clients (old and new) for the massive response and positive feedback on the MN Wage Theft Law blog. We have not been able to verify rumors that the legislature decided that employers didn’t have enough to do going into the last legislative session and did their best to remedy that concern. Come to think of it, we would like to thank the legislature for making sure we never run short of business.The next big thing for drivers and Minnesota employers that came about in the last legislative session was the hands free law. The hands free law comes into effect next month (August 1) and will affect drivers and..

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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..

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