Minnesota employers should prepare to rethink their non-compete agreements and begin to update existing employment agreements. Governor Tim Walz signed into law a comprehensive Jobs, Labor & Employment Bill (S.F. 3035). The bill includes a provision which bans the practice of restricting competitive activity by former employees through non-compete agreements. The ban takes effect on July 1, 2023, and applies to non-compete agreements entered on or after that date.
The 2023 legislative session brought sweeping changes to wrongful death claims in Minnesota. Governor Walz is expected to sign into law the “Survivorship Bill” (S.F. 997) approved by the state legislature earlier this session. The Survivorship Bill could substantially alter the scope of recoverable damages for current and future wrongful death claimants.
Corporate Liability for “Green Washing” and the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Goldman Sachs v. Arkansas Teacher Retirement System
As more companies promote their climate-friendly bona fides to environmentally conscious investors and consumers, the risk of “green washing,” or companies making unrealistic and misleading statements around sustainability, carbon reduction and other operational shifts, is inevitable. Regulators are increasingly focused on these disclosures, evaluating public declarations with a heightened level of scrutiny, and warning companies that their published statements must not misrepresent their efforts to investors.
As a result of the pandemic, American companies have been posting more jobs for remote work that may be performed in any state throughout the country. But a recent decision concerning the law in Colorado may cause employers to rethink this approach.
The Minnesota Judicial Branch is exempt from limits on gatherings imposed by Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Orders, but continues to be subject to policies established by the chief justice and court order.
To guarantee entry into the H-1B lottery this year, employers must enter their employees into the lottery by March 25, 2021, when the initial lottery registration window closes.
Michael Steinlage Presents to the Brokers & Reinsurance Markets Association on Mass Shootings and Insurance Risk
Attorney Michael Steinlage recently presented to members of the Broker and Reinsurance Markets Association on the insurance liability landscape around mass shootings.
An obstacle course race organizer won summary judgment in a “greater than ordinary” negligence claim brought by a race participant after the participant suffered a significant injury during an obstacle course race. The case had complex discovery and expert issues, and required analysis of the interplay between waiver provisions, Minnesota pleading requirements, and statutory issues.
We asked Judge Christian Wilton of Minnesota’s First Judicial District to outline some of the changes implemented, their effects on trial practices, and tips for how litigants should prepare for and litigate cases in the “new normal.”