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As we settle into the new year, I would like to share a few thoughts about what I believe is in store for us in 2019. 2019 Federal Legislation It is unlikely there will be any new federal legislation in the next two years, with one exception. There has been some talk among the Republicans supporting a federal paid family leave. With Ivanka Trump being a close advisor to President Trump, it is possible that…
Most of you will recall the fight in numerous political elections just a few years ago over the issue of whether same-sex couples have the right to marry.  The Supreme Court put the issue to rest through a decision in 2015, holding that the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides the fundamental right and requires all 50 states to recognize same-sex marriages on the same terms as opposite-sex marriages.  While that decision was certainly…
Entrepreneurs who have created a successful brand and business and that are considering franchising their business often fear giving up control to franchisees who may not operate their franchised business with the same level of dedication and care that the entrepreneur had in operating their location. Building the brand required the entrepreneur’s blood, sweat, and tears.  However, franchisors will need to give up day-to-day control to franchisees, and they can do so without losing control.…
If you haven’t heard of Waymo, you’re probably not alone. I didn’t know of the work of Waymo until I started reading up on the phenomenon that is known as “self-driving” cars. Waymo is the Google self-driving project that became a standalone subsidiary in December 2016. Last year, Waymo launched a self-driving taxi service in Phoenix, Arizona, as a limited trial of this technology using real people.  Today, over 400 riders have signed up to…
Snow day office closures and calls from employees unable to shovel their cars out of their driveways cause regular headaches for Minnesota employers in the winter. Now that winter is here and these issues are likely to arise, employers should review the wage and hour laws triggered by inclement weather and also review any related company policies. Pay obligations during inclement weather are largely dependent on a worker’s classification as exempt or nonexempt under the…
This is the time of year that we pause for a moment to reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for in our busy practice. We have the greatest clients in this field – engaged entrepreneurs and general counsel who take pleasure not only in the success of their companies but in the achievements of those with whom they work–and a team of professionals who impress me every day with their legal…
In helping employers with their written employment policies, we are often asked whether it is necessary to have a policy regarding employees’ use of cell phones for work purposes while driving.  The answer, as is often the case, is “it depends.”  If your employees drive as part of their job or commonly use their cell phones for work purposes while driving, then your company should address cell phone use while driving in a written policy. …
Experts will tell you the most important thing when you consider franchising your business is to do “X” or to check out “Y” or be certain you have “Z”. For me, rule number one is not unique to franchising but something I told each of my three children as they were growing up: Rule No. 1 is to “choose carefully”*. It is good advice in life – choose carefully before going down this path or that one.…