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Sales Rep Commissions: Employee Legal Rights to Wages in Minnesota

Sale representatives paid on commissions have significant legal rights in Minnesota. This article explains the legal protections available to sales representatives who are employees in Minnesota. To determine your rights, you first need to determine whether you are an independent contractor or employee. If you are an independent contractor (not employee), you may have protections […]

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Minnesota Employment Rights: Where to Get Help

The following material was prepared by the Minnesota Office of Attorney General to assist those seeking legal help for violations of Minnesota employment law. Wages Some employees receive less in wages than they expect.  This might occur because an employer does not pay for all hours worked, makes unexpected deductions from wages, misses a scheduled […]

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Religious Clothing and Attire at Work: Legal Tips

This article answers questions about how federal employment discrimination law applies to religious dress and grooming practices, and what steps employers can take to meet their legal responsibilities in this area. Examples of religious dress and grooming practices include wearing religious clothing or articles (e.g., a Muslim hijab (headscarf), a Sikh turban, or a Christian […]

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How to Avoid Religious Discrimination in Your Company

Religious discrimination affects all faiths: Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and more. Employers have liability for their policies and procedures related to how each employee’s religion affects work. Below are best practices for employers and managers in the United States. Disparate Treatment Based on Religion Employer Best Practices Employers can reduce the risk of discriminatory […]

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Dealing with Employee Xenophobia in Your Business

Xenophobia is simply fear of foreigners. Conflict abroad often increases xenophobia in the workplace. This fear may manifest itself in different ways among your employees: distrust, anxiety, or discrimination. On the surface, xenophobia can seriously affect your company’s culture. It can also get your company in legal trouble. For example, the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued […]

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Can Minnesota Employers Sue Employees for Negligence & Damages?

Are Employees Liable to Their Employers for Negligence? In general, an employee cannot be liable to an employer for the employee’s negligence. Can a Minnesota Employer Sue an Employee for Damages Caused by Negligence? Generally, no. Employers generally cannot sue an employee in Minnesota for damages caused by the employee’s negligence, errors, or omissions. Are there […]

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Minneapolis and St. Paul Sick-Leave Ordinances

Governor Dayton vetoes Uniform Labor Standards Act; Mpls. and St. Paul Mandatory Sick and Safe Leave Ordinances To Take Effect July 1 As expected, Governor Dayton has vetoed the Uniform Labor Standards Act which was passed Thursday by both houses of the Minnesota Legislature. Among other things, the bill would have preempted city ordinances imposing higher […]

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Are Your Non-Disclosure and Other Confidential Information Protections Up to Date?

“The most valuable commodity I know of is information.” Gordon Gekko, Wall Street (1987).   Trade secrets and confidential business information are valuable assets of every business venture.  Be they the byproduct of research and development, business relationships, creative thought and action, or experience through trial and error, in almost all cases, they are assets […]

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Which Records Must Employers Keep in Employee’s Personnel File?

Employers often ask me which emails, documents, and information need to be kept in an employee’s HR records. This matters because employees have a right to view the information in their personnel records, but they do not have a right to other information the employer keeps about the employee. Below I explain what is required […]

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Do Minnesota Employers Need to Explain Why They Fired an Employee?

Must Minnesota Employers Give a Reason for Terminating Employment? Yes, employers are required to provide the reason for the termination in writing. This law is in Minnesota Statutes section 181.933, subdivision 1: An employee who has been involuntarily terminated may, within 15 working days following such termination, request in writing that the employer inform the […]

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