• November 26, 2023Employment & Human Resources

    Minnesota Law Changes in 2023 that All Employers Should Know

    Legislation impacting all workplaces throughout the state and beyond was passed during Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session. This article highlights three employment law changes with widespread impact that all employers should know but may not have seen in the 279-page Minnesota labor omnibus bill Governor Tim Walz signed on May 16, 2023. Minnesota Noncompete Ban The...
  • November 25, 2023Agriculture Law & AgribusinessReal Estate, Environmental Law & Land Use

    Redtape Meets Wetlands: The Confounding Maze of Wetland Regulation

    Many landowners might have read the headlines about the Supreme Court’s wetland decision this year – Sackett v Environmental Protection Agency – and breathed a sigh of relief: “Finally, we can fill a little puddle on our own property without the government intruding on our private property!” But despite this decision, grain farmers and other...
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    November 22, 2023Agriculture Law & Agribusiness

    Expansion of the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit: What is the BFTC Program and How Can It Benefit You?

    It is no secret that the average age of the Minnesota farmer has steadily increased in recent years. With that in mind, the question of how to incentivize younger generations to start farming has become increasingly prevalent. With high start-up costs and fluctuating markets, getting new farmers in to agriculture is challenging. However, Minnesota recognized...
  • November 21, 2023Agriculture Law & Agribusiness

    Livestock Risk Protection Insurance: An Alternative Risk Management Tool

    “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” This is but one of the many pieces of sage advice shared by author and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, with his audiences and readers over the course of his distinguished career. On the forefront of what farmers might expect, prepare for, and capitalize on...
  • November 14, 2023Business & Corporate LawLabor & Employment

    Enhanced Wage Disclosure Protection

    Safeguarding Yourself from What You May Not Know With big ticket items like Earned Sick and Safe Time and Paid Family Medical Leave passed in the 2022- 2023 Minnesota Legislative Session getting most of the attention, you may have missed some of the smaller items that can get employers in trouble. Wage Disclosure Protections are...
  • November 13, 2023Business & Corporate LawEmployment & Human Resources

    Drug Testing Employees in the Age of Legal Recreational Cannabis

    On August 1, 2023, Minnesota became the twenty-third state to legalize the recreational use of cannabis for adults over the age of twenty-one.1 With legalization, many employers may be left asking how they should handle their current drug testing policies related to cannabis. Unlike many of the earlier-adopting states, the Minnesota legislature enacted protections for...
  • November 10, 2023Business & Corporate LawEmployment & Human Resources

    Minnesota’s Upcoming Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Minnesota continues to expand leave benefits for employees caring for themselves and family members. With the passage of earned sick and safe time and the increased eligibility for pregnancy and parenting leave, Minnesota created a paid family and medical leave (“MNFML”) benefits program. This article highlights quick facts about MNFML. Beginning January 1, 2026, MNFML...