This post is co-written by Phyllis Karasov and Mike Schechter.

On Wednesday, June 24, we wrote an article on the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s guidance that requires a preparedness plan for the construction industry. The guidance was confusing and placed onerous responsibilities on contractors, owners and public entities, including ensuring that plans among

Recently I commented on a growing level of concern regarding Gov. Tim Walz’s use of his statutory public safety “emergency” authority to promulgate wide-ranging and consequential executive orders affecting the state’s economy and citizens.  While many groups, including health care and service organizations, were required to suspend their operations for at least two months, the

This post is co-written by Phyllis Karasov and Mike Schechter.

This post was updated on 6/29/20 

In his recent Executive Order 20-74, Governor Walz ordered critical sector businesses to create and adopt a COVID-19 preparedness plan to make workplaces safe from the spread of the coronavirus, and his administration subsequently published guidance for specific

There are clouds gathering now on the payment horizon for the construction industry.  The clouds converging now and on into the fall call for even greater attention to protecting construction industry receivables. This applies to the industry from top to bottom.

Construction was an “essential business” allowed to continue operating in Minnesota.  That designation allowed

Dan Ballintine and Phyllis Karasov discuss the matters employers need to consider when re-opening businesses after the Covid-19 shutdowns. Recalling only some employees, screening employees before they enter the workplace and dealing with employees who refuse to return to work are among the issues discussed.
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Are you struggling to stay on top of the latest labor and employment legislation surrounding COVID-19?  Questions about unemployment, health, or retirement benefits available under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (“FFCRA”) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act? Given the rapidly changing nature of our times, our Labor and Employment practice

This is the third part in this series. Part Two of this series discussed purchase order contracts for materials which may have a force majeure clause of some description (including possibly in online terms).  Where there is no explicit force majeure clause, suppliers should look to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) which provides an integrated

As the agency responsible for enforcing workplace safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has issued two pronouncements concerning COVID-19 and the workplace.

COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce

On April 21, 2020, OSHA published Guidance for the Construction Workforce which consists of tips to help reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus in

This is the second part in this series. Part one addressed force majeure clauses in construction contracts and how a material supplier may have bound itself to all the terms of the general contractor’s contract documents.  That incorporation can bring the force majeure clause into play for a supplier. It also bypasses the underlying Uniform

My colleagues, Todd Freeman and Dan Kadlec from our Corporate Group, have put together a podcast providing guidance on managing proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program to maximize loan forgiveness.  Here’s a brief description of the program followed by the link to the podcast. The information here will be valuable to many in the real