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Sick and Safe Time Ordinances Take Effect July 1

Employers with employees who work substantially in Minneapolis or St. Paul should be aware of new sick-time and safe-time requirements that go into effect July 1. Even if your company is not primarily based or headquartered within the city limits, your employees may be affected. The new laws require employers to accrue an hour of paid (in most instances) leave time that the employee can use for illness (their own or a family member’s) or in the case of domestic violence. Employees accrue one hour of leave time for each 30 hours worked.

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Why Your Business Needs a Pre-nup

When two people get engaged, they are so sure that their love will last forever. And everyone, especially their family, friends and loved ones, hopes it will! But there’s always one sane voice in the crowd – be it Aunt Edna or the family accountant – who advises the young and impetuous couple: “Get a pre-nup.”

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting … A Summons and Complaint

Most businesses do their best to stay out of court, and that can be a wise financial decision. But sometimes, efforts to resolve disputes come to naught. If you need to sue a non-paying customer, a fly-by-night vendor or an unethical competitor, or if you are unfortunately caught on the wrong side of a lawsuit, there are a few things to keep in mind.

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How Online Dating Helped Me Learn to Market

Hang in there. I know this sounds ridiculous.  I divorced my (now ex-) husband 5 years ago.  Shortly thereafter, I began a crazy adventure known as “online dating.”  I hadn’t been single since age 21.  To compare me to Margaret Mead would be an understatement.


I’d also never fully understood networking and marketing—two dirty words to me.  I found it unsavory to peddle my wares as a lawyer.  That was for the guys on billboards hocking their personal-injury and bankruptcy firms.  Not at all becoming of a sophisticated business lawyer.

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Does Your Lawyer Drive a Maserati?

I say this all the time to clients and potential clients: “The Venn diagram representing rich lawyers versus good lawyers has a very slim overlap.”


There are certainly wonderful, qualified attorneys out there who also make a good living.  They are few and far between.

Are you paying $600/hour or more for counsel in the Twin Cities?  That might be a first clue that it’s time to change lawyers.

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What the Small Business Owner Can Expect in 2017

The transition of power that followed the inauguration causes all citizens to wonder what changes are coming down the pipeline, but the issue can be greatly felt in the small-business community.  Aside from the daily uphill battle to inspire communities to support small business instead of popping into the big-box mega store (or mega law firm) on the corner, small-business owners are anxious and excited about changes the new administration may bring. A look at what's been happening in the past several months may help to predict what developments small business may see in 2017.

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Van Tassel Law Firm Adds Uptown Office to Better Serve Clients

Van Tassel Law Firm is pleased to announce that it has secured additional office space in the bustling Uptown Minneapolis area.


“We are delighted to be poised to better serve our suburban and not-quite-downtown-Minneapolis clients,” said firm founder Dawn Van Tassel.  “While we will always maintain a downtown presence and love being in the famous IDS Center, this expansion will better serve our clientele at large.”

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EEOC Charge Numbers Rise in 2016

The EEOC has released a detailed breakdown of the numbers and types of charges it received in 2016.  To no surprise to seasoned employment-defense attorneys, the most commonly alleged cause of action was retaliation, which is why it is critical that employers receive legal guidance on how to handle internal employee complaints.

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How Hostile is ‘Hostile?’ Mitigating the Risk of Employee Claims by Building a Respectful Workplace.

My supervisor is a bully.

 

“The boss lets Susan get away with murder. Why don’t I get the same consideration?”

 

“My team is always yelling at each other and getting into petty squabbles.”

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Dawn Van Tassel Obtains Supreme Court Qualification to Serve as Civil Mediator and Arbitrator

  1. Firm founder Dawn Van Tassel has become qualified under Minnesota Supreme Court rules to serve clients in an array of alternative dispute resolution techniques. She has completed the state’s rigorous 30-hour civil mediator training and, most recently, taken the courses necessary to serve as an arbitrator in civil disputes.

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