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July 2014 Archives

Minnesota's minimum wage increase starts tomorrow

Tomorrow will prove to be a historic day here in Minnesota as the minimum wage currently paid to hundreds of thousands of employees in a multitude of sectors is set to increase for the first time in almost ten years.

Be certain to include estate planning on your moving checklist

When a person makes the monumental decision to move to another state, they undoubtedly have a multitude of issues on their mind from finding a new place to live to looking at area schools if they have children. The stress doesn't end once the move is completed, however, as they have to devote significant time to setting up their new living arrangements and, of course, acclimating to their new surroundings.

Lawsuit accuses Minnesota-based chain of workplace discrimination

A popular Minnesota-based restaurant chain known throughout the nation for its chicken wings, signature sauces and sports bar atmosphere was recently named in a federal lawsuit filed by two former servers who allege that they were victimized by unacceptable and illegal workplace discrimination.   

A closer look at the execution of simple wills in Minnesota

In previous posts, we've discussed how many people would benefit considerably from having a simple will in place. That's because this legally binding document allows a person to set forth their exact wishes concerning how they want their money, real estate and personal belongings to be divided, as well appoint guardians for any minor children.

EEOC approves revised guidelines for pregnancy discrimination

Governments across the world have long recognized protections for pregnant women against workplace discrimination. To illustrate, the nation of Sweden not only bans discrimination based on pregnancy, but also requires all employers with over 25 people on staff to help workers -- both female and male -- achieve a work-life balance.

Estate planning a vital issue for farmers amid rising land prices

As most people are all too aware, the real estate market here in Minnesota and across the nation took a major hit during the recent recession as home prices plummeted and foreclosures hit new highs. Fortunately, the market is finally starting to show sustained improvement such that homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief.

MN trade group already calling for changes to new minimum wage laws

Minnesota lawmakers made headlines this past legislative session when they voted to raise the minimum wage in the state to $9.50 an hour by 2016, a move that has been since been lauded by both employees throughout the state and employment advocacy groups across the nation.

Estate plan of music icon provides valuable lessons

Last October, music fans of all ages were undoubtedly sad to hear the news that legendary musician Lou Reed had died of complications from a recent liver transplant. The long-time solo artist and lead singer for the Velvet Underground, known for his monotone singing style, was viewed by many of one of the more influential voices of the New York music scene in the 60s and 70s.

Anxiety over rush hour commute at center of employee lawsuit

Ask anybody what the worst part of their average workday is and there is a very good chance they will name their drive to and from the office. Interestingly enough, the rush hour commute is taking center stage in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed in the state of New Jersey.

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