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U.S. Department of Labor Indicates It Will Look at Compensability of Employee Efforts Involving Off-Schedule and Off-Premises Use of Electronic Devices
Proposed Rules Published on “White Collar Job Exemptions” to Salary and Overtime Requirements of Federal Fair Labor Standards Act
New U.S. Department of Labor Interpretation Addresses “Economic Realities” Test in Classifying Workers as Employees or Independent Contractors
Minnesota Enacts Equity Crowdfunding Legislation
Employer Motivation Not Knowledge Is Enough To Establish A Disparate-Treatment Claim Says U.S. Supreme Court
Recent Case Involving Minnesota Business Highlights The Need To Understand Insurance Coverage
Small Businesses Survive But Do They Prosper? The SBA's 2015 Profile for Minnesota
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Votes to Approve Major New Regulation A + With Substantial Impact on Raising of Equity Capital
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Publishes Proposed Rule to Create Expanded, All-Agency Mentor-Protege Program for Small Businesses to Develop Capacity to Seek, Obtain, and Perform on Federal Contracts
Minnesota Court of Appeals Determines Websites and Domain Names are Property Subject to Garnishment under Minnesota Law
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Publishes Call for Proposals for Early Stage Investment Companies
U.S. Small Business Administration Releases 2013 Rankings for Small Business Lenders
Major changes Possible for Franchisors in Light of National Labor Relations Board General Counsel's Position in McDonald's and Browning Ferris Matters
IRS Letter Addresses Free Parking Fringe Benefit
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Reads Employee Code of Conduct Broadly in Determining Employer Engaged in an Unfair Labor Practice
Applications Being Accepted for Greater Minnesota Business Expansion Sales Tax Refunds
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing on Whether Certain U.S. Small Business Administration Programs are “Necessary or Redundant Spending”
New Law Will Require Equal Pay Certification from Some State Contractors
New Law Creates Public Benefit Corporations in Minnesota
Minnesota Adopts New Law on Formation and Operation of Limited Liability Companies
New Minnesota Minimum Wage to Affect Most Employers
U.S. Small Business Administration Eliminates Personal Resources Test for 7(a) Loans
Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Extra Funding for 2014 Now Available
President Directs Review of Federal Overtime Regulations
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Provides Guidance Documents for Employers on Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace
Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate Delayed Again
Eighth Circuit Reiterates That Bad Behavior and Unfortunate Outcomes Do Not Necessarily Rise to the Level of Employment Discrimination
No Small Business Notes for January 2014
Important Federal Tax Provisions of Benefit to Small Businesses Set to Expire December 31, 2013
Federal District Court Says Employer can Have Americans With Disabilities Act Liability for Exclusive Reliance on Medical Opinion Regarding Potential Employee's Ability to Perform Job Tasks
Special Update December 2013
On December 2, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review State Law Imposing Internet Sales Tax Collection Requirement
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Request for Comments on New Minnesota Job Creation Fund
New business starts Rebounded in Minnesota in 2012 But Jobs Followed More Slowly
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Rules on Crowdfunding in Furtherance of 2012 JOBS Act
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to Conduct Study of “Patent Assertion Entities” in Response to Concern About “Patent Trolls” in Wireless Communications Sector
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Issues Substantial New Rules Relating to Employment of Veterans and People with Disabilities by Holders of Federal Contracts
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Ends Prohibition on General Solicitation for Private Offerings Under Rule 506
U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Definition of “Supervisor” for Claims Under Title VII
New Publication To Guide Business Use of Social Media
Feds, Minnesota, and Other States Prevail in Appeal of “Guaranteed Grant” Case
New Legislation for Employers: Criminal Background Checks, Payment of Wages, Workers’ Compensation
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Releases Staff Report on Proposed Amendments to Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule
U.S. Small Business Administration Broadens Availability of Government Contracts for Women Owned and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Businesses
Congressional Witnesses Chide Securities and Exchange Commission for Slowness in Development of Rules for Securities Law Amendments to 2012 JOBS Act
SEC Provides No-Action Letters to Two Online Venture Capital Operators But Limitations Remain
U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari of Appellate Decision on Language of Federal Research Tax Credit
USCIS Issues New Version of Form-I-9
New ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse Launched March 26, 2013
Tax Code Provisions Beneficial to Small Businesses Survive New Tax Law
Eighth Circuit Addresses Worker Status Issue for Litigation Purposes.
National Labor Relations Board Nixes Employee Handbook Requirement of Employee Courtesy.
Small Business Administration to Take Substantial Hit if Budget Sequestration Occurs.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Publishes Proposed Rules on New “First to File” Provisions of America Invents Act; Schedules Minnesota Roadshow on the Act.
Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Exhausts Funding; No New Certifications Until Fall of 2012.
U.S. Small Business Administration to Hold August 29 Webinar on Policy Changes Relating to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.
Federal Communications Commission Harmonizes "Robocal" Rules with FTC Rule.
Minnesota Supreme court Holds That Hostile Work Environment Claim Based on Sex Allowable Even When Offending Conduct is Not Sexual.
President Signs Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act; SEC to Make Rules to Implement
U.S. Department of Health and Human services (HSS) Publishes Rule on Creation of Insurance Exchanges under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Offers Guidance on Earlier Discussion of Requirement of High School Diploma and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Publishes New Small Business Profile for Minnesota.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Proposes Rules Relating to "New Early Stage Small Business Investment Companies".
U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Decision of 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Definition of "Responsible Person" and "Willfulness" in Case Involving Federal Unemployment Taxes.
National Labor Relations Board Delays Implementation of New Notice Requirement.
On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.
2011 Legislative Amendments to Angel Tax Credit Requirements.
New IRS Notice Provides Relief for Business Informational Reporting of Employer Provided Health Insurance.
Banks Slow to Take Treasury Money for Small Business Lending.
SEC Correspondence With Congress Speaks to Plans and Considerations in Easing Capital Formation.
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Settles Social Media Charge.
Eighth Circuit Addresses Issue of Company Owner's Responsibility for Payment of Employee Social Security, and Medicare Taxes.
Governor Dayton Issues Executive Order Getting the Jump on Issue of Environmental Streamlining.