Safeguarding Your Business Against the Coronavirus

Within a relatively short amount of time, the coronavirus disease has impacted the economic landscape around the globe. Coronavirus has spread to approximately 150 countries as of the time of this writing, including all 50 states. Minnesota is no exception. In response to the threat posed by the coronavirus, on March 16, 2020, Governor Walz… View Article

Employee Handbooks: Pitfalls and Best Practices

Though employee handbooks are common in modern employment relationships, handbooks vary significantly in the legal protections they provide. A well-drafted handbook provides helpful guidance to employees, serves as a valuable tool for an employer, and may even give businesses an edge in litigation. If drafted poorly, a handbook may have unintended consequences and may cripple… View Article

ALERT: Website and App Accessibility Lawsuits

My last post on web/app accessibility issues was in 2014. Since then, the issue has surfaced for clients very infrequently. However, the recent holding from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, that Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act required Domino’s Pizza to make its websites and mobile applications accessible to… View Article

Alert – Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Threshold Increase

The HSR Act requires that parties to a merger and acquisition transaction (which includes more than you might think), file with the Federal Trade Commission and US DOJ and deal with a waiting period if the transaction or parties (or both) are above certain thresholds (and does not fall within an exemption). The FTC’s legally… View Article

Red Flags from Employees

Minnesota Employers Should Call Their Attorney Immediately if They See One of these Red Flags Minnesota laws impose many requirements on employers. Concerns about violating these laws can keep a business owner up at night. Without an audit by an experienced employment law attorney, employers are often operating in the dark and may fail to… View Article

Happy New Year – Reminder: The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is Now in Effect

Perhaps you saw the warnings throughout 2019 regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) going into effect on January 1, 2020. Maybe you also saw that the CCPA applies to a large swath of companies throughout the world, including many companies with no physical presence in California. The steep penalties for non-compliance with the CCPA,… View Article

Labor Law Alert

Tesla, Inc. and the National Labor Relations Act: A Reminder that Labor Law Applies to Nearly All Employers If you think your business is immune from unions and union laws because you have not signed a collective bargaining agreement – think again. Many small to medium sized businesses believe they cannot be charged with violating… View Article

Employers Beware: Minnesota Increases Enforcement and Penalties for Wage Theft

On August 1, 2019, Minnesota added new laws, and amended existing laws, to curb wage theft. In addition to increasing the penalties for wage theft, the changes require employers to provide specific notices to their employees and to maintain additional records in their personnel files. These new laws also provide $3.1 million in funding to… View Article

10 Common Items to Consider When Exiting a Business

Exiting or selling a business can be a risky and uncertain endeavor. There are myriad advisors, consultants and other service providers around to give you advice. A wise seller will always consider the source to make sure the advice provided is in the seller’s best interests. Also, because advice can vary between different types of… View Article

Funding Sources: Differences between Venture Capital and Angel Investors

For startups it’s important to understand the differences between funding from venture capital firms and angel investors. This article takes a look at these differences and discusses some of the mistakes that startups make when securing funding. The differences between VCs and angels are nuanced, but typically, there are some fairly common differences between these… View Article