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Changes In Minnesota Property Tax Law

In 2011, Minnesota’s Legislature decided to repeal the Homestead Market Value Credit and replaced it with a program known as the Homestead Market Value Exclusion.  Beginning in 2012 the homestead credit will be eliminated.  Under this new law, property taxes will increase for some homeowners.  There will be no state paid credit, but rather the entire property tax levy will be paid by local taxpayers. Minnesota is no longer providing a homestead credit and instead the entire levy is being paid by local property taxpayers.  According to the State of Minnesota, this change will save the state $261 million in monies

2021-08-09T17:18:38-05:00October 3rd, 2014|Business Law, Real Estate Law, Taxation|

Purchasing Commercial Property In Duluth

Duluth is not just a city on the water but a bustling metropolis as well. The port brings commerce and tourists to the city every year. In a busy city like Duluth, commercial real estate is always in demand, even in a down market. Commercial real estate in this economy can be quite a good deal. However, there are a lot of hoops to jump through with real estate, particularly if you are considering taking over a commercial lease, giving up a commercial lease or making significant changes to a building. Commercial properties can include office buildings, hotels, malls, retail,

2021-08-09T17:16:54-05:00October 3rd, 2014|Business Law, Duluth Real Estate, Real Estate Law|

Pre-Employment Background Checks

Business owners want to ensure they are hiring strong candidates for jobs. Both employers and employees should know what tests employers are allowed to ask of employees and what are beyond the extent of the law.  These tests may only be used to assess a job candidate’s fitness for the job and not for any discriminatory reason.  No employment testing may screen out an employee based on age, disability, race, genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, color, religion or gender.  Any test that does screen out employees in this manner is considered a violation of both federal and Minnesota law. The

2014-10-02T20:44:03-05:00October 2nd, 2014|Business Law|

A Primer on Union Negotiations

The process of negotiating a union contract can be time consuming and stressful for both management and unionized labor.  Negotiations are the process by which management of an employer and union leadership meet to renew a contract that is ending or meet to attempt to resolve a specific dispute.  This negotiation process is also referred to as collective bargaining and often revolves around wages, working conditions and benefit issues.  However, the process need not be adversarial if both sides have worked to develop good relationships. Typically, the negotiation process begins prior to the end of a collective bargaining agreement.  Hopefully,

2014-10-02T18:57:37-05:00October 2nd, 2014|Business Law|

Minnesota Unemployment Requirements for Employers

Employers terminating and laying off employees need to make sure they are following the laws regarding unemployment insurance under both federal and state laws.  Minnesota employers are required to meet certain requirements to be in compliance with Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Law.  Minnesota employers should also be aware that even employees fired for poor performance will be entitled to unemployment insurance benefits. First, Minnesota employers must register for an employer account.  Minnesota requires any individual or organization that pays covered wages to register with the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program.  Minnesota requires that this registration be done prior to the due date

2014-10-02T18:47:03-05:00October 2nd, 2014|Business Law|

Intellectual Property Basics

Business owners are often concerned about protecting their ideas and products from being used by someone else.  No business owner wants someone else to profit from their good ideas.  There are four basic ways that business owners can protect their inventions and products under the law.  Most of the protections for intellectual property fall under Federal law, however, Minnesota law does have special protections for trade secrets. One way for a business owner or inventor to protect his or her inventions is by applying for a patent.  A patent gives an inventor the exclusive right to prevent others from making,

2014-10-02T18:23:31-05:00October 2nd, 2014|Business Law|
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