Minnesota

Minnesota was the 32nd state admitted to the Union, on May 11, 1858. It is the 12th largest state by area, and with just over 5.5 million inhabitants, the 22nd most populous state in the US. Known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” the state is prominently known for this feature. With nearly 60% of residents living in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area, or “Twin Cities”, it is a predominant area in the state for tourism, development, and the state’s economy. The center of transportation, educational institutions, business, and government offices are primarily situated in this region of the state.

Today the state’s economy is highly driven by the finished products and services sector. It is home to many well-known corporations including Target, 3M, Hormel, Land O’Lakes, Valspar, Best Buy, and General Mills, among other major corporations. With a 3.1% unemployment rate in 2017, it was among the lowest in the country.

Minnesota’s government, like the federal government, is divided into three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. 

  • The Executive Branch is led by the governor of the state, who leads a cabinet that consists of leaders of state agencies.  These leaders are called commissioners.  Other elected offices are the secretary of state, attorney general and the state auditor. 
  • The Legislative Branch of Minnesota is broken into two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives.  The state is broken into districts and each district has one senator and two representatives.  The districts are comprised of about 67,000 people.
  • For the state’s judicial branch, the court system has three levels.  Additionally, there are two specialized courts:  the tax court and a workers compensation court.  The District courts, which are the courts of general jurisdiction, and the state has ten districts.  Appeals are heard by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which has 19 judges that hear cases in three-judge panels.  The Supreme Court of the state has seven judges, and it hears all appeals from the tax court and workers’ compensation court of appeals, as well as first-degree murder convictions.  The Minnesota Supreme Court has original jurisdiction over election disputes.

Minnesota is known for the Twin Cities, however, there are several popular destinations in the state, including the largest indoor mall in the US, the Mall of America. Minnesota also held title as the most literate US state in 2015, and is home to several major universities including the University of Minnesota, Walden University, and over 37 public education institutions throughout the state.

Visitors to the National Law Review will find the latest news and stories from the state. Employment law, wage and hourly discrimination, biofuel and environmental news, educational news, and government agency stories, are among those covered by the National Law Review. Visitors to the site will find news coverage updated regularly, and will always find the latest stories, legislation, and litigation throughout the state, through the online site.  

Date Title Organization
26
Feb
Comments Regarding the Intentional Use of PFAS in Products and CUUs Due March 1, 2024, in Maine and Minnesota Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
14
Feb
St. Paul Issues New Guidance For Employers Complying with the City’s Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Jackson Lewis P.C.
31
Jan
USDA Awarding $19 Million in Grants to U.S. Business Owners to Increase Access to Clean, Affordable Domestic Biofuels Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
26
Jan
CFPB and Attorneys General Sue Debt-Relief Enterprise Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
23
Jan
Trade Secret Law Evolution Podcast Episode 60: Two States’ Approaches to Preemption [PODCAST] Greenberg Traurig, LLP
22
Jan
U.S. Government Joins States in Challenging NCAA’s Transfer Eligibility Rule Jackson Lewis P.C.
16
Jan
Take Note: Significant 2024 Gift/Estate Tax Exemption Inflation Increases Blank Rome LLP
12
Jan
Minnesota Requests Comments on Planned Rules for MPCA’s Determination of Currently Unavoidable Uses of PFAS in Products Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
10
Jan
Guidance Interpreting Minnesota’s New Earned Sick and Safe Time Law Jackson Lewis P.C.
4
Jan
Legislation Banning ‘Captive Audience’ Meetings Enacted in Minnesota, Awaiting Enactment in New York Jackson Lewis P.C.
2
Jan
US State Law Roundup – 2023 Year-end Update Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
26
Dec
A Holiday Miracle for New York Employers and Dealmakers! Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
20
Dec
Episode 60: Two States’ Approaches to Preemption [Podcast] Greenberg Traurig, LLP
20
Dec
A Lack of Transparency: Minnesota Edition Blank Rome LLP
19
Dec
Saint Paul Changes Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance as Second City to Align With Minnesota’s Leave Law Jackson Lewis P.C.
19
Dec
Year in Review: Laws Impacting Employee Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation, and Non-Disclosure Agreements – What to Know, What to Do and What to Expect in 2024 Mintz
11
Dec
State and Local Hourly Minimum Wage Rate Increases are “Coming to Town” on January 1, 2024 Polsinelli PC
1
Dec
Warning - Transaction Delays Expected. State Notice Requirements Ahead for Health Care M&A! Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
28
Nov
The New Year Brings New Leave Laws Jackson Lewis P.C.
14
Nov
MNDOLI Issues Guidance on Minnesota Statewide Paid Earned Sick and Safe Time Law Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
13
Nov
January 1 is Coming: New Law May Spell PTO Policy Updates for Minnesota Employers Barnes & Thornburg LLP
6
Nov
CMS’ Making Care Primary (MCP) Model: Applications Due November 30, 2023 Foley & Lardner LLP
3
Nov
Bloomington Amends Sick and Safe Time Ordinance to Align With Minnesota’s Sick and Safe Time Law Jackson Lewis P.C.
25
Oct
Minnesota’s New Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law: For Some Employers, There Is a Forty-Eight Hours Solution Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
18
Oct
Minnesota to Ban Non-Competition Agreements ArentFox Schiff LLP
5
Oct
Minnesota Requests Comments on Planned New Rules Governing PFAS in Products Reporting and PFAS in Products Fees Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
2
Oct
New Technical Assistance Resources: If You Are Not Shovel Ready, Here’s How to Start the Process Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
26
Sep
Minnesota Seeks Comment on PFAS in Products Law Beveridge & Diamond PC
19
Sep
Businesses Should Continue Preparatory Compliance Efforts Despite Injunction Against California Kid’s Online Privacy and Safety Law (CAADCA) Foley & Lardner LLP
12
Sep
Agencies' Amgen Settlement Won't Protect Competition in Drug Industry MoginRubin
7
Sep
State Legislatures Eye AI Regulation Robinson & Cole LLP
1
Sep
CMS Announces New Voluntary Multi-payer Primary Care Model in Eight States McDermott Will & Emery
25
Aug
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Issues Inflation-Adjusted Wage Rates for 2024 Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
17
Aug
Time for Employers to Modify Minnesota Protective Covenant Templates Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
8
Aug
Transforming Primary Care: CMS Launches Making Care Primary (MCP) Model Mintz
21
Jul
Minnesota Tax Court Addresses What Constitutes Solicitation under Public Law 86-272 Blank Rome LLP
29
Jun
Reminder: Minnesota Non-Compete Ban Takes Effect on Saturday, July 1 Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
26
Jun
Minneapolis Federal Reserve Study Undermines Assumptions About Noncompetes Harming Employees on the Eve of Minnesota’s Noncompete Ban Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
23
Jun
Minnesota Aims High With Recreational Cannabis Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
22
Jun
Minnesota Bans Noncompete Agreements with Limited Exceptions McDermott Will & Emery
21
Jun
Minnesota Enacts Ban on Non-Competition Agreements Vedder Price
18
Jun
When Tax Collection Is an Unconstitutional Taking Blank Rome LLP
16
Jun
Minnesota Enacts State Partial Paid Family and Medical Leave Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
14
Jun
Minnesota Lawmakers Amend Current Law to Strengthen Protections for Employee Wage Disclosure Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
14
Jun
Minnesota Law Prohibits Forced Attendance at Employer-Sponsored Meetings Concerning Religious or Political Matters Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
14
Jun
Minnesota Will Require Manufacturers to Report Intentionally Added PFAS and Will Ban Intentionally Added PFAS in Certain Product Categories Beginning January 1, 2025 Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
13
Jun
Minnesota Employers’ New Obligations: Legislation Requires Revisions To Non-Compete Agreements And Leave Policies Barnes & Thornburg LLP
8
Jun
Minnesota Becomes Second State To Pass Sweeping PFAS Ban and Reporting Law Targeting All Products Hunton Andrews Kurth
8
Jun
Minnesota Enacts Omnibus Jobs Bill With Major Changes For Minnesota Employers Proskauer Rose LLP
7
Jun
Game On: Mid-Year Update on U.S. Gaming Industry's Expanding Regulations, Legislation, and Launches Blank Rome LLP
 

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