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Employer Alert: Minnesota Supreme Court Affirms the ‘Severe or Pervasive’ Standard in Workplace Harassment but Indicates Standard Must Evolve To Reflect Changes in ‘Societal Attitudes’

On June 3, 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court in Kenneh v. Homeward Bound, Inc., affirmed the “severe or pervasive” standard, which employees must establish in workplace harassment or hostile work environment cases under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). This standard has been used and

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Important Update of the “CARES Act” and RMDs

There is important news for those who took RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions) earlier this year. The CARES Act, which stands for Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, waived the RMDs for 2020 for those distributions made on or after February 1, 2020. That left

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WEBINAR REPLAY: Contract Negotiation for Composers & Performers

A complimentary webinar replay of Contract Negotiation for Composers & Performers is available for viewing. Presenters include Hellmuth & Johnson attorneys, Alex M. Mueller & Terry W. Moore. This one-hour session with legal experts covers topics for musicians and performing artists including: – Addressing current

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COVID-19, Chapter 3: Re-opening Amenities of an Association

On June 5, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-74, which outlined parameters regarding the gradual re-opening of various facilities, including pools and fitness centers. This post updates my prior post on the topic. Under Order 20-74, all pools and fitness centers may open, but

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Subleasing and Assignment Provisions in Commercial Leases

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many business owners paid little attention to subleasing and assignment provisions when negotiating commercial leases. It was common to focus on rent, maintenance, taxes, and insurance, which affect a tenant’s bottom line, and options to renew the lease if the business

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A complimentary replay of the Hellmuth & Johnson Homeowners Association Spring Seminar is available for download. Topics for this spring webinar include information about: Assistance Animals Collections And a Lighting Round including issues related current hot topics such as Smoking, Political Signs/Campaigning, Books and Records

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COVID-19, Chapter 2: Re-opening Amenities of an Association

As we continue to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our daily routines, we must consider what those routines might look like in the coming weeks and months. For many residents of homeowners associations, that daily routine might include use of various

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