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Newsroom image for the post Nilan Johnson Lewis Adds Megan Zapata as Paralegal

Posted September 30, 2019 in Top Stories

Nilan Johnson Lewis Adds Megan Zapata as Paralegal

Minneapolis law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis announces that it has hired Megan Zapata as a paralegal effective immediately. Zapata has held multiple paralegal positions for Twin Cities- and New York City-based law firms over the past decade, often focusing her time on complex litigation and intellectual property matters. 

Newsroom image for the post Five Tasks a Nonprofit Board Chair Should Own

Posted September 30, 2019 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

Five Tasks a Nonprofit Board Chair Should Own

Nonprofit Board Chair job descriptions usually include phrases like “facilitate consensus” and “ensure all voices are heard.” I agree with those job descriptions. In my experience, Board Chairs generally understand that part of the job. However, there is sometimes a disconnect between the Board Chair’s job description and the expectations of the nonprofit’s CEO/ED.

Newsroom image for the post DOL Announces Pay Thresholds for Overtime Exemption

Posted September 24, 2019 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

DOL Announces Pay Thresholds for Overtime Exemption

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule regarding the salary threshold for exemption from overtime, raising the salary threshold to $684 per week ($35,568 annually) versus the previous $455 per week ($23,660 annually) amount that has existed since 2004. The effective date is January 1, 2020, meaning that employers must ensure that exempt employees’ salaries meet this threshold by the new year or transition them to non-exempt status with eligibility for overtime.

Newsroom image for the post Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Andrew Peterson as Associate

Posted September 23, 2019 in Top Stories

Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Andrew Peterson as Associate

Minneapolis law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis announces that Andrew Peterson has joined its labor and employment practice group as an associate, where he will be focusing on noncompete and trade secret litigation, class action defense, and employment law counseling.

Posted August 14, 2019 in Top Stories, 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.

Newsroom image for the post Minneapolis Passes Wage Theft Ordinance

Posted August 9, 2019 in Legal Insights

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.

Posted July 31, 2019 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

Minnesota DOLI Once Again Updates Wage Theft Q&A

Employers are now required to comply with the civil provisions of Minnesota’s Wage Theft Statute, which went into effect on July 1. The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DOLI) updated its Wage Theft Q&A again this week. We’ve summarized the highlights of this update.

Posted July 31, 2019 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

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.

Posted July 11, 2019 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

Minnesota DOLI Updates FAQs and Wage Theft Notice Example

Employers are now required to comply with the civil provisions of Minnesota’s new Wage Theft Statute, which went into effect last week on July 1. This week, the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DOLI) updated its Wage Theft Q&A, which has now grown to 45 questions, and its Employee Wage Notice example.

Newsroom image for the post What Employers Should Note about OSHA’s Phase 4

Posted June 27, 2019 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

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."

Newsroom image for the post Nilan Johnson Lewis Expands Nonprofit Practice with Hire of Ann Novacheck

Posted June 24, 2019 in Top Stories

Nilan Johnson Lewis Expands Nonprofit Practice with Hire of Ann Novacheck

Nilan Johnson Lewis announces that effective immediately, Ann Novacheck has joined the law firm, expanding its nonprofit and foundation practice as a shareholder within the Corporate & Transactional Services group. Novacheck has over 30 years of experience advising established and emerging nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations, operating foundations, public charities, trade associations, and health care providers.

Newsroom image for the post AI & “Algorithmic Bias” in Hiring

Posted June 11, 2019 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

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.”

Posted June 6, 2019 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

Diversity Jurisdiction Involving an LLC: Everything You Need to Know [VIDEO]

Watch this two-minute video tip from Nilan Johnson Lewis litigator, Brandie Morgenroth, who discusses pointers when removing a case to federal court based on diversity jurisdiction when an LLC is involved. The citizenship of each LLC member is material for diversity jurisdiction and that information is often not publicly available. Morgenroth discusses steps you can take to find the information as well as demonstrating your due diligence to the court in your removal papers.

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