Legal Insights

Minneapolis Employers: Here Are Your New Obligations Under the City’s Wage Theft Ordinance

On August 8, 2019, the Minneapolis City Council joined the state of Minnesota in requiring wage notices. The ordinance—which goes into effect on January 1, 2020, and applies to any employers who have an employee who works at least 80 hours per year in the city—parallels the state wage theft statute in several respects, but also creates several new obligations. More >

Minneapolis Passes Wage Theft Ordinance

One month after the State of Minnesota’s Wage Theft Statute went into effect, the Minneapolis City Council has unanimously adopted its own Wage Theft Ordinance. The ordinance—which goes into effect on January 1, 2020—applies to employees who work at least 80 hours per year in the city. More >

10 Insurance Questions Personal Transportation Manufacturers Should Ask About Their Coverage

In our recent article, "10 Questions Personal Transportation Manufacturers Should Answer Before Selling a New or Redesigned Product," we identified areas that should be addressed before a new product goes to market. One of the areas we highlighted was the importance of purchasing the right insurance for your business. In conjunction with experienced insurance broker Brandon Schuh, who specializes in product liability policies for new and developing products, we offer the following 10 specific insurance questions you should be able to answer before you start selling your new or redesigned product. More >

What Employers Should Note about OSHA’s Phase 4

OSHA’s Standard Improvements Project Rule (Phase IV) was published in the May 14 Federal Register and is intended to remove or revise “outdated, duplicative, unnecessary and inconsistent requirements” in the agency’s safety and health standards.  This is the fourth review of this ongoing effort.  The goal is to “reduce regulatory burden while maintaining or enhancing worker safety and health and improving privacy protections." More >

AI & “Algorithmic Bias” in Hiring

As this Harvard Business Review article thoughtfully explores, artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to decrease gender bias in hiring if it is properly trained and used...or to replicate existing workplace biases if it is not. With more employers using AI and other big data solutions in hiring, lawmakers and enforcement agencies, as well as plaintiffs' law firms, are increasingly focused on issues of “algorithmic bias.” More >

Food Fight: Restaurants in the Thick of Today’s Toughest Labor and Employment Challenges

Restaurant success used to be all about a winning menu, appealing décor and strong word of mouth. Nowadays, success also has a lot to do with compliance of labor and employment matters, as restaurants frequently find themselves at the center of thorny HR disputes. “Wage setting and grievances, termination issues, predictive scheduling, sick time provisions, […] More >