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Employee Privacy Done Right – Avoiding Mistakes with Biometrics, Employee Data Requests, Remote Work Surveillance, and More

Aimée Dayhoff and Lisa Ellingson will co-present a CLE at the 2023 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute on May 18-19, 2023.  The session is called “Employee Privacy Done Right – Avoiding Mistakes with Biometrics, Employee Data Requests, Remote Work Surveillance, and More.” For more information and to register, please see the event website.

May 18, 2023


10th Annual Affordable Housing Summit

Make plans to attend the Tenth Annual Affordable Housing Summit—an event focused on the development and financing of multifamily projects. The event will take place May 9, 2023 at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis. We are excited to welcome our Keynote Speakers: Senator Tina Smith and Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho. You’ll also hear from affordable ...

May 9, 2023


Year 15 Exit Planning and Strategy in Today’s Environment

Winthrop attorneys Quin Seiler and Christina Rieck Loukas will present a panel discussion on Year 15 issues titled, “Year 15 Exit Planning and Strategy in Today’s Environment,” at the 2023 Building Michigan Communities Conference.  The event takes place in Lansing, Michigan May 9-10, 2023. Because housing is a cornerstone of thriving communities, the Building Michigan ...

May 9-10, 2023


The Ins and Outs of the Newly-recognized Common Interest Doctrine

Winthrop & Weinstine attorney Kyle Kroll will be co-presenting, “The Ins and Outs of the Newly-recognized Common Interest Doctrine,” at the Minnesota State Bar Association CLE on March 28, 2023. The Minnesota Supreme Court recently recognized the common interest doctrine. Join us in exploring the guidance offered by the Court on this new exception to ...

March 28, 2023

Client Alert

New Draft Legislation in Minnesota to Impact Multifamily Housing Sector

By: John D. Nolde, Erin E. Mathern, Thomas J. Hanson, Joseph T. Bagnoli and Timothy E. Marx

The Minnesota Legislature has been very busy this session, with an especially heightened amount of activity relating to housing; numerous bills have been introduced that would have a major impact on both market-rate and affordable housing in Minnesota if enacted. Our team is constantly monitoring the progress of these pieces of legislation as they make ...

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Legislative Top 5 – March 17, 2023

House and Senate Hold Joint Tribal Sovereignty Day On Monday, many committee meetings and other official items of business were halted to allow the House and Senate to hold a joint session dedicated to government-to-government relations. Legislators participated in a day of learning and socializing with tribal officials, dignitaries, and leaders from the 11 sovereign ...

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EPA Releases New Proposal Regulating PFAS in Drinking Water

By: Christopher J. Cerny and Elizabeth H. Schmiesing

On March 14, 2023, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed imposing national drinking-water standards for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS or sometimes as “forever chemicals.”  Federal and state regulation of PFAS has been on the  radar of businesses that may be impacted, including those in the water treatment, waste management, recycling ...


Navigating Third Party Vendor Contract Negotiations in a Challenging Environment

Winthrop attorneys Tony Moch and Amber Kraemer will be speaking on March 13, 2023 at the National Annual Convention of the Independent Community Bankers of America.  They will present, “Navigating Third Party Vendor Contract Negotiations in a Challenging Environment.” More community banks are engaging outside third party vendors to provide additional products and services to ...

March 13, 2023

Client Alert

Legislative Top 5 – March 10, 2023

First Legislative Deadline Today marks the first deadline that legislation must meet in order to be considered this session. By today, bills must be heard in committee in their chamber of origin (this deadline generally does not apply to finance bills). As a result, this past week has been a flurry of committee activity, with ...

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NLRB Decision Finds Common Severance Agreement Provisions Unlawful

By: Laura A. Pfeiffer, Mark A. Pihart, Heather R. Bredeson and Rachel A. Brygger

In a recent decision issued in late February 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) held that the “mere proffer” of severance agreements with broad non-disparagement and confidentiality provisions violate the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).  In McLaren Macomb, the employer-hospital provided severance agreements to 11 furloughed employees; [1]. the severance agreements contained the following ...


More is More – Staying Ahead of Developments in Cybersecurity

By: Lisa B. Ellingson

Winthrop &  Weinstine attorney Lisa Ellingson will be presenting a webinar for the Minnesota Broadcasters Association on March 7, 2023. In the world of cybersecurity, the overarching theme over the last year has been has been “more”: we’ve seen more legislation, more groups protected by privacy regulations, more data privacy incidents, and even more cybersecurity ...

March 7, 2023

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Legislative Top 5 – March 3, 2023

February Budget Forecast This week, Minnesota Management and Budget released their February budget forecast, which is the last projection of state revenues and expenditures that the Governor and legislature will use to help them craft their budget bills. This forecast is the first to incorporate projected inflationary costs, and shows a stable outlook with a ...

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