This is the sixth and final post in a series of blog posts on the topic of commercial leasing during these uncertain times. Throughout the summer this series has explored a number of commercial leasing related questions raised by both commercial landlords and commercial tenants.

Even before 2020, the world of commercial real estate was

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, communities in Greater Minnesota were facing uncertain futures. Now, nearly six months into a peacetime emergency that was first declared by Governor Tim Walz on March 13, 2020, the impacts of COVID-19 have only exacerbated the economic development challenges Greater Minnesota has faced for years. Farm incomes are at

We are all waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine. When we have a vaccine, can an employer require that applicants and employees be vaccinated against COVID-19? Employers have a legitimate desire to keep their workplaces safe and to protect their employees from contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. Phyllis Karasov and Dan Ballintine discuss the practical and legal issues associated with an employer mandatory vaccination program.
Continue Reading To Require Vaccines or Not: That is the Question

In our last post we welcomed the following guests to introduce themselves, to share advice they are currently offering to clients as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, and to share their initial observations surrounding property improvements as some businesses are beginning to re-open their doors to employees, customers, and clients:
Continue Reading Commercial Lease Negotiations in Uncertain Times: Market Trends Surrounding Property Improvements Part 2

This post is co-written by Bryan Huntington and Justin Gillette.

Transporting supplies and equipment is an essential part of the construction industry. Electronic logging devices (ELDs) have made it possible for a business to monitor nearly all aspects of a truck’s daily activities. These technological guardians monitor a truck’s speed, location, sudden braking and

We are nearly 9 months into the so-called COVID-19 global pandemic.  While not without historical precedent, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the physical and economic health of millions both within the United States and around the world.  In Minnesota and across the country, governors and their public health departments have exercised “peacetime” emergency powers designed

Every year attorneys from Larkin Hoffman receive recognition for their efforts to assist in a variety of complex issues relating to land use and zoning, real estate, environmental regulation, construction, eminent domain and condemnation, and tax law. This year a number of the firm’s real estate and construction practice attorneys have been selected by their

In our previous post in this series Commercial Lease Negotiations in Uncertain Times, we discussed the concept of improvements to existing leased premises. In this post, we are continuing our property improvement conversation and have invited experts from the industry to speak to anticipated market trends surrounding property and design improvements in commercial spaces.

Rather than immediately downsizing, employers are considering revamping their workplaces in response to the work from home experiment.  According to Erin Fitzgerlad and Gordon Wright, panelists on Bisnow’s webinar Twin Cities Deep Dive: Future of Office, clients are rethinking how they use their space and how to make employees feel comfortable returning to work in

This is the second post in a series of blog posts on the topic of commercial leasing during these uncertain times. Throughout the summer this series will explore a number of commercial leasing related questions raised by both commercial landlords and commercial tenants.

Now that we are five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority