Kevin Ha

Kevin Ha

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

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Impact of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Stores Decision

On June 30, 2014, in Hobby Lobby Stores, the Supreme Court held that corporations are persons for purposes of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) and, as a result, if a corporation has a sincerely held religious...more

7/3/2014 - Affordable Care Act Burwell v Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Employer Mandates ERISA HHS Hobby Lobby Religious Freedom Restoration Act SCOTUS

Minnesota Enacts the Women’s Economic Security Act Imposing Many New Obligations On Employers

On Sunday, May 11, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a package of bills dubbed the Women’s Economic Security Act (“WESA”), which will have significant implications for Minnesota employers. Many of WESA’s provisions...more

5/14/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Equal Pay Family Members Hiring & Firing Human Rights Code New Legislation Pregnancy Pregnancy Disability Leave Law Protected Class Reasonable Accommodation Sick Wages

Quirky Question # 227, New Bells and Whistles in Minnesota Statute

We have an employee who we have been planning to terminate because of performance issues. This employee may have realized this was coming because he recently sent an email to a number of people claiming that our company...more

5/1/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Employment Policies Good Faith Hiring & Firing Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Minnesota Passes Law Raising Minimum Wage

On Monday, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law legislation that will increase Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 by 2016. With the passage of the new minimum wage law, Minnesota becomes the fifth state this year to raise its...more

4/17/2014 - Carve Out Provisions Hiring & Firing Minimum Wage Wages

2014 Minnesota Legislative Session Opens with Multiple Bills of Concern to Minnesota Employers

Members of the Minnesota legislature recently introduced seven bills that could have very significant implications for Minnesota employers if passed into law. The bills will be heard in House committees this week and may move...more

3/11/2014 - Discrimination Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Equal Pay Paid Leave Retaliation Sick Leave Wages

Quirky Question #214, Quirky Question: Christmas Bonus as Part of Regular Rate of Pay When Calculating Overtime Pay

Each year, we provide our employees with a Christmas bonus of varying amounts. We’ve always done this because we want to reward our employees for a hard year of work and also spread a bit of holiday cheer. We were recently...more

11/30/2013 - Bonuses FLSA Over-Time

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