Skip Navigation or Skip to Content

Author: jgruen

Newsroom image for the post What Employers Should Know: Minnesota’s Expanded Protections for New and Expectant Parents

Posted August 12, 2021 with Tags

What Employers Should Know: Minnesota’s Expanded Protections for New and Expectant Parents

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz recently signed legislation that adds to the workplace protections for new and expectant parents. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2022, and expands upon the provisions previously passed in 2014 under the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA). Because of these expansions, an estimated 27,000 additional workers will be able to receive pregnancy accommodations in the workplace.

Newsroom image for the post OSHA Issues First Federal COVID-19 Standard for Healthcare Employees and Updates Guidelines Protecting Spread of COVID-19

Posted June 15, 2021 with Tags ,

OSHA Issues First Federal COVID-19 Standard for Healthcare Employees and Updates Guidelines Protecting Spread of COVID-19

On June 10, 2021, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) to ensure uniform protection for employees within the healthcare industry from exposure to COVID-19. The ETS is effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. Employers must comply with most provisions within 14 days, and with provisions involving physical barriers, ventilation, and training within 30 days.

Newsroom image for the post Goodbye, NAFTA.  Hello, USMCA.

Posted June 29, 2020 with Tags ,

Goodbye, NAFTA. Hello, USMCA.

On July 1, 2020, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) will enter into full force, when it will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) as the primary agreement governing trade relations between the United States, Mexico, and Canada.  

Newsroom image for the post CDC Issues New Guidance on Safety Measures for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Potential Exposure to COVID-19

Posted April 10, 2020 with Tags , ,

CDC Issues New Guidance on Safety Measures for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Potential Exposure to COVID-19

On April 8, 2020, the CDC issued new guidance advising critical infrastructure workers (essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions that communities depend on daily) to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and certain precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.

Posted April 9, 2020 with Tags , ,

How Employers Can Take Advantage of Tax Credits under the New FFCRA Legislation

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) creates, for the first time, a federal requirement to issue paid sick leave and paid FMLA benefits for most private employers with fewer than 500 employees. To help offset the cost, the legislation permits employers to claim tax credits on qualifying paid leave wages, certain health plan expenses, and the employer's share of Medicare taxes.

Newsroom image for the post Convenient Summary of Minnesota “Stay at Home” Executive Order 20-20

Posted March 26, 2020 with Tags , , ,

Convenient Summary of Minnesota “Stay at Home” Executive Order 20-20

In response to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-20 on March 25, 2020. The Governor’s order directs Minnesotans to remain at home, work remotely if possible, and limit their outside activities to those that are essential. The order also contains exemptions for businesses that are part of certain “critical sectors,” as defined in the order. Executive Order 20-20 takes effect on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect for two weeks, until Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., unless extended.

Newsroom image for the post Department of Labor Proposes Latest Overtime Exemption Rules

Posted March 8, 2019

Department of Labor Proposes Latest Overtime Exemption Rules

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor announced its latest proposed rulemaking regarding the salary threshold for exemption from overtime. The salary threshold has been $455 per week ($23,660 annually) since 2004. In 2016, the DOL attempted to raise …

Newsroom image for the post U.S. Supreme Court Deems FELA Payments as Taxable

Posted March 8, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Deems FELA Payments as Taxable

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in BNSF Railway Co. v. Loos, holding that a railroad’s payment to an injured worker for lost wages is taxable under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act (RRTA). In so …

Newsroom image for the post NJL Attorneys Rusert and Cornell Win Jury Trial

Posted September 22, 2016

NJL Attorneys Rusert and Cornell Win Jury Trial

Nilan Johnson Lewis (NJL) lawyers, Scott Rusert and Jen Cornell, obtained a resounding defense verdict for their clients from a Washington County jury on a landlord-tenant dispute involving a claim for breach of habitability, along with claims for negligence and unjust enrichment. The case involved allegations of mold in the home. The plaintiffs were seeking a return of all rent paid, personal injury damages, and attorneys’ fees.

Scroll to the top of the web page anchor link.