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City of Saint Paul Rules for Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Contents Purpose of the Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) Ordinance and Rules………………………………………….. 1 Definitions……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2 What Employees are covered by the ESST Ordinance?……………………………………………………………….. 4 How employees accrue and bank ESST……………………………………………………………………………………. 5 Use of Earned Sick and Safe Time………………………………………………………………………………………….. 7 Paying Employees When They Use ESST………………………………………………………………………………….. 8 When an Existing PTO Policy Complies with the … Read More

How Updates to Minnesota’s Nonprofit Corporation Act Impact You

Given the frenetic state of national politics you would be forgiven for not looking too deeply into what the updates to Minnesota’s Nonprofit Corporation Act (Chapter 317A) mean to you and your organization. On April 18, 2017, the Minnesota Senate approved changes to the Act and the Minnesota House approved the same changes on February … Read More

The Ins and Outs of Deducting Legal Expenses

Legal expenses incurred by individuals are typically not currently deductible under the federal income tax rules. Instead, they’re most often treated as either personal outlays (which are nondeductible) or as part of the cost of acquiring an asset, such as real estate. In the latter situation, legal costs usually aren’t deductible right away; instead, they … Read More

Spring Cleaning: When Can You Purge Your Old Financial Records?

Feeling the urge to purge? April 18, 2017, is the deadline for individuals and C corporations to file their federal income tax returns for 2016 (or to file for an extension). Before you clear your filing cabinets of old financial records, however, it’s important to make sure you won’t be caught empty-handed if an IRS … Read More

Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Annual Reports: 2017 Status Update

We are celebrating the second full year of public benefit corporations in Minnesota. Public benefit corporations are for-profit corporations that have elected to add a social “benefit” purpose in addition to a general business purpose. This additional social purpose allows public benefit corporations to elevate pursuing a social good through business to a status at … Read More

Crowdfunding Fraud: The Risk is Real and Growing

Crowdfunding, the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people typically via the Internet, is no longer a novelty. Since their beginnings in the early 2000s, crowdfunding portals have exponentially proliferated across the web. The more successful platforms have become household names, like … Read More

Lawyer Non-Engagement Togstad Letter Template: Declining Representation

A standard practice for law firms and attorneys in Minnesota is sending a Non-Engagement Letter (i.e. Togstad Letter) to everyone who contacts the firm or lawyer but does not hire the firm or lawyer. While this may sound like an unnecessary burden, it is the best way for a lawyer or law firm to avoid potential … Read More

Tax Court Interprets Exceptions to the PAL Rules for Rental Properties

  Real estate owners who rent their properties often incur tax losses due to depreciation write-offs and other allowable deductions. However, the ability to deduct those losses might be postponed indefinitely by the passive activity loss (PAL) rules. In general, these rules limit deductions for rental property PALs to the amount of income that you … Read More

Recent Developments May Affect Passive Investors with Losses

Do you materially participate in a business or rental activity — or are you just a passive investor who isn’t directly involved in a project’s day-to-day operations? The IRS has prescribed seven tests to help individuals classify income, gains and losses from activities as passive or nonpassive. The passive activity loss (PAL) rules have been around … Read More

Which Records Must Employers Keep in Employee’s Personnel File?

Employers often ask me which emails, documents, and information need to be kept in an employee’s HR records. This matters because employees have a right to view the information in their personnel records, but they do not have a right to other information the employer keeps about the employee. Below I will explain what is … Read More