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Minnesota Legislature Passes CROWN Act, Banning Hair-Based Race Discrimination

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

The Minnesota legislature recently passed a bill that will prohibit discrimination against a person based on hair texture and hair styles that are associated with race. Approximately 20 states have passed similar measures, commonly referred to as “CROWN Acts,” which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.” Supporters of CROWN Acts ...

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FTC Proposes Sweeping Ban and Required Rescission of Non-Competition Agreements

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

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) proposes prohibiting employers from entering into non-compete clauses with workers and requiring employers to rescind existing non-compete clauses.  The FTC’s reasons for the proposed rule include its belief that non-compete clauses reduce workers’ wages, limit job mobility and hinder innovation. ...

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Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay: What Employers Need to Do

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

The Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay Law, also referred to as the “hero pay” law, was signed into law on April 29, 2022, setting forth criteria for eligible COVID-19 frontline workers to receive a one-time bonus payment of up to $1,500 from a state-funded pool. The payments are intended to reward and recognize individuals who continued ...

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Minneapolis Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance

By: Laura A. Pfeiffer and Rachel A. Brygger

Winthrop & Weinstine employment attorneys explain the Minneapolis Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance, set to take effect January 1, 2020.

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FLSA Overtime Exemption Salary Threshold Update

By: Mark A. Pihart and Rachel A. Brygger

Winthrop & Weinstine employment law attorneys explain the impact of the overtime exemption rules issued by the Department of Labor, effective January 2020.

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Employer Action Required to Comply With Minnesota Hands-Free Cellphone Law

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

Employment Law attorneys Mark Pihart and Laura Pfeiffer discuss details of Minnesota's new Hands-Free Bill and what employers will need to do to stay in compliance.

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Minnesota Wage Payment And Recordkeeping Law Creates New Employer Requirements

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

Employment Law attorneys Mark Pihart and Laura Pfeiffer lay out the new employer requirements created by Minnesota's Jobs and Economic Development Omnibus Bill, which goes into effect as of July 1, 2019.

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