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for: ‘August, 2011’

Individual in the Class: Marital Status Discrimination in Employment

A venerable Minnesota statute, given new life by a recent decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court, focuses inquiry on characteristics of the individual rather than the class of those affected in weighing claims of marital status discrimination.  This could have significant impact on an employer’s potential liability for what would be permissible actions in other […]

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Navigating Noncompete Agreements

The tide seems to be turning in Minnesota in favor of the use of these restrictive employment devices. Minnesota formerly was a safe harbor, relatively speaking, for employees navigating through noncompete contracts.  But rulings by the Minnesota Court of Appeals in recent years, including two last winter, signify troubled waters for employees who seem to be swimming […]

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Successful Succession: Keep Your Best Clients When Boomer Lawyers Leave

The demographic phenomenon known as the baby boom has been shaping all aspects of American life since its advent in 1946—from an unprecedented number of students when the boomers were young, to an unprecedented number of workers during their adult years, to an unprecedented number of retirees in the years ahead.  There is no escaping […]

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Japan and Cuba: Making a Difference through Dialogue

“… nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.” —Mark Twain, May 18, 1867 In April, I had the honor to represent the MSBA and met with President Kenji Utsunomiya of the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) in […]

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All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.  —Edmund Burke1 As I write this month’s column, we are in the first weeks of the partial shutdown of state government.  Obviously, our leaders in the Legislative and Executive branches of state government were unable […]

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Free Conference Calling

There are some great free conference call providers on the web. These providers do not require a subscription, any special services, or a conference operator.  There are no charges other than regular long-distance charges. One example of such a service is  With this service you can set up calls for up to 500 participants.  […]

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Child Support

Where more than one child is to receive child support, the Order or Judgment and Decree should specifically state the amount of child support per child.  The reason for stating a specific amount per child is because, unless a court order provides otherwise, a child support obligation in a specific amount per child terminates automatically […]

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