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Lead-Safe Regulations Again Up in the Air For Minnesota Renovators and Remodelers

The Minnesota Department of Health’s initiative to replace the EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule with its own is delayed once again. In response to the Trump Administration’s efforts to reduce federal regulatory burdens, Minnesota elected to take responsibility from the EPA for overseeing the RRP rule. The rule is meant to protect the public […]

Lack of Safety Committee Invites “Serious” OSHA Citation, higher Workers’ Comp Rates For Minnesota Contractors

By law, any Minnesota company with at least 25 employees must have a joint labor-management safety and health committee that works to reduce workplace injuries and promote a safe work environment. Since 1995, the rule also has applied to smaller companies with lost-workday incidents that put them in the top 25 percent of Workers’ Compensation […]

Gschwind Urges Minnesota Contractors to Be Heard on Pending Lead (Paint) Regs

Minneapolis, Feb. 14, 2018 — At last night’s dinner meeting, NARI members heard Bob Zak, a professional trainer with Zota Professional Training, describe Minnesota Department of Health’s proposed state-run rule to replace the EPA RRP rule regulating the remodeling of pre-1978 homes. The state will enforce lead-safe compliance with a local rule administered by MDH. […]

Courtney J. Ernston Joins Minnesota Construction Law Services

Courtney J. Erston joined Minnesota Construction Law Services this month as a full-time attorney. She had previoulsly worked with the firm on a contract basis and practiced law at her own firm for more than three years. “I grew up in a family construction business, served as its general counsel and understand firsthand the business and […]

10 New Year’s Resolutions to Grow Your Business in 2018

Many people make personal New Year’s Resolutions. Some even keep them (no judgment). This year, consider making some resolutions for your business. Here are 10 suggestions, each designed to propel business growth in 2018. To succeed, business owners must avoid pitfalls that can cause costly setbacks while building new capabilities each year. I draw on my […]

LLCs Must Prepare Now for Significant MN Rules Change

All Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) established before August 1, 2015, will be subject to a new Minnesota LLC law effective next January that will affect voting rights, financial distributions and duties. The MN Secretary of State’s office is urging each affected company to have its attorney review the firm’s articles of organization, bylaws and member […]

Controversial Twin Cities Sick Leave Laws Start Sunday

If your employees perform work in Minneapolis or St. Paul, regardless of where your business is located, pay attention to these two city ordinances. New Minneapolis and St. Paul ordinances start July 1 that require employers to provide paid sick leave and a $15/hour minimum wage to employees who work at least 80 hours per […]

2016 BATC Builders & Remodelers Show features growing MNCLS legal team

Minnesota Construction Law Service’s growing legal team was out in full force at the golf-themed 2016 BATC Builders & Remodelers Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center on April 7.  Attorney Bill Gschwind was joined by associate Hugh Mulligan and Courtney Ernston, of counsel, immigration at the annual Minneapolis Convention Center event. A steady stream of […]

Minnesota Construction Law Services adds Immigration Counsel as Supreme Court DAPA Ruling Approaches

Minnesota Construction Law Services is dedicated to serving owner-operated construction firms. Because many construction companies are owned by or employ immigrants, we have retained immigration attorney Courtney Ernston to further serve our clients’ needs. It is especially important to have competent immigration counsel this year because the Supreme Court is scheduled to vote in June on […]