March 22, 2013

Contractor misclassifications continue to put employers at risk

Posted in Independent Contractors tagged , , , , , at 9:06 am by Tom Jacobson

employee-vs-independent-contractorIn a story published today, Employees misclassified as contractors can cost firms a bundle, Minnesota Public Radio reports that contractor misclassifications continue to put employers at risk.  It describes the problem very well, so independent contractors and the companies using them should read it.

For more information on this topic, see my previous articles on independent contractor issues, or contact me at alexandriamnlaw.com or taj@alexandriamnlaw.com.

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.

Copyright 2013 Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson Schultz, PA

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March 20, 2013

Save the date!

Posted in Affordable Care Act, National Labor Relations Act, Training, Workplace Violence tagged , , , , , at 9:31 am by Tom Jacobson

Save the DateThe 2013 West Central Minnesota Employment Law Update will be held on Thursday, June 6 at Alexandria Technical and Community College. The line-up will include:

  • Hot off the Press – the latest in employment law developments, presented by yours truly
  • What employers need to know about the Affordable Care Act, presented by attorney Dorraine Larison
  • Legal implications of workplace violence & bullying,  presented by attorney Sara Gullickson McGrane
  • What all employers need to know about labor law, presented by attorney Mike Moberg
  • Panel discussion with presenter Q&A

Some comments from prior updates:

  • Great information
  • Loved the knowledge and collaboration
  • Loved the panel discussions
  • All the professionals were “on the spot”

Continuing education credit will be available. Additional details and registration information will be published soon, so check back here often, or contact me at alexandriamnlaw.com or  taj@alexandriamnlaw.com for additional details. This will be our 10th annual update, and we hope that you can join us!

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.

Copyright 2013 Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson Schultz, PA

March 8, 2013

USCIS adopts new Form I-9 for immediate use

Posted in Application Process, Form I-9, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 3:48 pm by Tom Jacobson

Lady LibertyU.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the adoption of a new Form I-9. According to USCIS, effective today:

  • Employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N for all new hires and reverifications.
  • Employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09) Y until May 7, 2013.
  • After May 7, 2013, employers must only use Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N.

For more information about this article, please contact me at alexandriamnlaw.com or  taj@alexandriamnlaw.com.

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.

Copyright 2013 Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson Schultz, PA

March 6, 2013

Laws and sausage

Posted in Application Process, Background Checking, Conviction Records, Criminal History, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Hiring and Recruiting, Non-Compete Agreements tagged , , , , at 10:00 am by Tom Jacobson

Laws are like sausages. Better not to see them being made.

John Godfrey Saxe

sausage440It’s that time of year again.  The Minnesota Legislature and Congress are both in session, so that gives us a chance to see what sort of legislation is being ground up and processed into what could become the new law of the land. Here are a couple of work-related bills worth watching.

Minnesota H.F. 506: This proposed law would void non-compete agreements in all but a few limited circumstances.  Generally speaking, it would bar non-competes between employers and employees.  This law would have a tremendous impact on any employer that uses non-competes as a tool for protecting their business interests.

Minnesota H.F. 690 /Minnesota S.F. 523: These bills would amend Minn. Stat. § 364.021 by prohibiting private sector employers from considering an applicant’s criminal record or criminal history until after the applicant has been selected for an interview. This restriction already exists for public employers, but the new law would expand this to private employers as well.

H.R. 675: Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, this bill, dubbed the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights Act of 2013, would amend the Family and Medical Leave act by removing from the law the requirement that before an employee is eligible for FMLA leave, s/he must work 1,250 hours during the year preceding the request for leave. Thus, if this bill were to become law, virtually any part-time employee with at least one year of service with an employer covered by the FMLA would gain FMLA leave rights.

For more information about this article, please contact me at alexandriamnlaw.com or  taj@alexandriamnlaw.com. If you have concerns about the impact of this legislation, please contact your duly elected senators and representatives.

The comments posted in this blog are for general informational purposes only. They are not to be considered as legal advice, and they do not establish an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice regarding your specific situation, please consult your attorney.

Copyright 2013 Swenson Lervick Syverson Trosvig Jacobson Schultz, PA

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