Navigating the Legal Landscape of Private Placement Offering in Minnesota: Key Considerations and Potential Pitfalls

Private placement offerings represent a vital avenue for businesses in Minnesota to raise capital without the regulatory complexities of public offerings.  However, navigating the legal intricacies of these transactions is crucial to ensure compliance and avoid potential pitfalls.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Issues Final Rule to Support Reproductive Health Care Privacy Under HIPAA

On Monday, April 22nd, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a final rule, entitled the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to Support Reproductive Health Care.

Federal Trade Commission Bans Noncompetes For Nearly All Workers

On Tuesday, April 23rd, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a final rule banning workplace non-competes nationwide. The rule defines non-competes to include a term or condition of employment that prohibits workers from, penalizes workers for, or functions to prevent a worker from (1) seeking or accepting work in the...

What’s Going On in There? Access to Company Books and Records

Business owners like to keep the business’s financial information secret. This policy can be wise toward outsiders, customers, and even employees. But secrecy becomes a source of frustration and conflict when practiced toward co-owners of the business, and secrecy pursued too far may cross the line into illegality. It’s important...

Million-Dollar Verdict For Plaintiff Experiencing $1 In Damages: The Michael Mann Defamation Suit

Michael Mann is a professor of climate science at the University of Pennsylvania.  He rose to notoriety for a graph he published in 1998 in the journal Nature, meant to illustrate the dramatic warming of the planet.  The curve in the graph resembled a hockey stick and, as such, was...

Five Ways Small Businessowners Can Protect Themselves from Personal Liability and Ensure the Corporate Veil is Strong

Pierce the Veil—It’s not just an emo-rock band touring with Blink 182 this year.  It’s a legal term of art that describes an equitable remedy used to bypass the corporate structure and hold business owners personally liable.

Employer Alert: Additional Employer Posting Requirements Started on January 1, 2024

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry established a new posting requirement for all employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees. This new posting requirement went into effect on January 1, 2024. The new poster is aimed at raising awareness for the services offered by the Minnesota Department of...

Cannabis Is Legal In Minnesota. What Does That Mean For Employers?

You suspect that one of your employees is high as a kite at work. Or maybe they were high as a kite last night. Cannabis is legal in Minnesota but illegal federally. What options do you have as an employer to address the issue?

Employer Alert: Minnesota’s New Paid Family and Medical Leave Law Requires Employer Action as Early as 2024

This year, the Minnesota legislature adopted a new law to create state Paid Family and Medical Leave (“PFML”). Specifically, the law provides employees with partial wage replacement for a minimum of twelve weeks (up to twenty weeks) of leave in a fifty-two week period for medical leave, bonding with a...

Employer Alert: Preventing Pay Discrimination Act

Effective January 1, 2024, Minnesota’s new Preventing Pay Discrimination Act prohibits employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations from inquiring into, considering, or requiring disclosure of an applicant’s pay history for the purposes of determining wages, benefits, salary, or other compensation.