Friday, July 20, 2018

Former Partner Loses Millions by Violating Non-Compete

Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements can be useful tools for companies trying to protect their key client relationships and confidential information. Enforcing these agreements, however, can sometimes be difficult, given the law’s general disfavor of them. A recent Minnesota Court of Appeals case illustrates how a thoughtfully drafted non-compete can protect a company in the event that a former key employee begins competing with his former company.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sick and Safe Time Leave Reaches Northern Minnesota

The City of Duluth, Minnesota recently became the third major Minnesota city to enact a local law providing eligible employees with paid leave for sick or safe time absences. On May 29, 2018, the Duluth City Council adopted Ordinance No. 10571 (the Ordinance), which establishes minimum standards for earned sick and safe time leave. The Ordinance is set to take effect on January 1, 2020. 

Covered Employers and Employees

The Ordinance is written to apply to employers with five or more employees nationwide—regardless of where those employees are located. Employee eligibility, however, is written to tie to how much time an employee spends working in Duluth. Employees are to be eligible for paid sick or safe leave under the Ordinance if they: (1) work in Duluth more than 50% of their working time in a 12‑month period; or (2) are “based in” Duluth, spend a “substantial part” of their time working in Duluth, and do not spend more than 50% of their work time in a 12‑month period outside of Duluth.