June 2019 Archives

Minnesota Enacts Wage Theft Law and Increases Employers' Wage and Hour Obligations

Minnesota's just passed perhaps the greatest change to Minnesota wage and hour law in recent years. The law greatly expands employee protections, creates additional administrative requirements for employers, and imposes criminal penalties for employers that engage in "wage theft." A general overview of the details is discussed below.

Look Boss, No Hands! Minnesota's New Hands Free Driving Law and its Impact on Employers

Beginning on August 1, 2019, Minnesota will join many other states and begin enforcement of a new law that requires hands free operation of a mobile device while driving a motor vehicle. The law recognizes the public safety issue and the fact that technology has eliminated the need to physically hold a cell phone in order to operate it while driving.

Recent Decision Signals Shift In Court's Perception Of What Constitutes Insurer Bad Faith In First-party Actions.

On Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals handed down a decision that could have far-ranging impacts for insurance companies. The decision in Peterson v. W. Nat'l Mut. Ins. Co., No. A18-1081, 2019 WL 2332400 (Minn. Ct. App. June 3, 2019), suggests that insurance companies' fears about impacts of the 2008 bad faith statute, Minnesota Stat. § 604.18, which imposes liability on insurers that fail to settle first-party cases in "good faith," may come true. The following are the four main takeaways from this decision. I have also attempted to distill the case down to a few pages in the following sections.

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