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  • Attorney Steven J. Erffmeyer named to MDLA Board of Directors
    August 7, 2020
    Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A. is proud to share that Steven J. Erffmeyer has been named to the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Board of Directors.
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  • Insurers Be Aware: Minnesota Supreme Court Decision on First-Party Bad Faith
    August 4, 2020
    On July 29, 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court released Peterson v. Western National, expanding the scope of what can be first-party bad faith in Minnesota. In the case, Peterson claimed the $250,000 limits of her underinsured motorist (“UIM”) coverage, alleging that a whiplash injury from a motor vehicle accident caused severe headaches that required quarterly Botox injections (a relatively novel treatment). Western National’s last offer before trial was $50,000. A jury awarded Peterson damages over $1.4 million. After trial, Peterson amended her complaint to allege bad faith against Western National. The bad-faith claim was tried to the district court judge who awarded $100,000 in costs and $97,940.50 in attorney fees. Western National appealed.
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  • Employers Take Note: Federal New York Judge Vacates Four FFCRA Rules
    August 4, 2020
    On August 3, a New York federal district court judge injected a great deal of uncertainty into COVID-19 paid-leave law. The Honorable Judge Paul Oetkein of the Southern District of New York vacated four Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) regulations in the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Final Rule. The court order impacts regulations that govern the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLAEA”) and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”).
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  • Governor Evers Requires Face Coverings in Wisconsin Beginning August 1, 2020
    July 31, 2020
    On Thursday July 30th, 2020, amid a spike in coronavirus cases, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a Public Health Emergency and issued an Emergency Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when indoors, or in an enclosed space, and not in a private residence––with some exceptions. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and will expire on September 28, 2020 or by a subsequent superseding order. Noncompliance with the order could land you a fine of $200.00.
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  • Governor Walz Mandates Minnesotans to Wear a Face Covering Beginning July 25, 2020
    July 24, 2020
    Per Governor's Executive Order 20-81, on July 25, 2020, Minnesotans are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses––subject to certain exceptions. Governor Walz explains this decision is inline with the CDC’s explanation that face coverings are most effective when worn by all individuals in a public setting. This “face mask mandate” will remain in effect until the legislature deems the peacetime emergency over.
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  • Arthur Chapman attorneys recognized as 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
    July 20, 2020
    Arthur Chapman is proud of the 18 attorneys selected as Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars® for 2020. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
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  • Arthur Chapman welcomes six new people to the firm
    July 6, 2020
    Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of attorneys Roger H. Gross, Marissa K. Linden, Timothy P. Tobin, and R. Stephen Tillitt as well as paralegal Jaime L. Flood and legal administrative assistant Donna J. Bazoff.
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  • Minnesota COVID-19 Preparedness Plans for the Construction Industry Must Comply with New Standards Released by June 29, 2020
    June 26, 2020
    In accordance with Executive Order 20-74, issued by Governor Tim Walz under the Peacetime Emergency, the construction industry and other essential services are required to create and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29, 2020. On June 15 and June 25, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (“MDLI”) released updates that drastically changed what was previously required to be in all Preparedness Plans. In the words of the Minnesota Associated General Contractors (“AGC”), the June updates have been a, “180-degree change from how the industry has been operating for the last 10 weeks.”
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  • Arthur Chapman Welcomes Law Clerks to the Firm
    June 19, 2020
    Jarrod Anderson is a 2020 J.D. graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Jarrod was the Executive Director of the Red Cross of Western North Dakota. He earned his Bachelor in Political Science at The American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. Jarrod plans to sit for the 2020 bar exam this year. Welcome to the team, Jarrod!
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  • EEOC Update on COVID-19 Testing for Employees
    June 18, 2020
    The EEOC has clarified that while employers may test, or require the testing, of employees for COVID-19 using accurate testing methodologies, they may not require employees to take COVID-19 antibody tests. Read more on this update, here. Arthur Chapman also has a COVID-19 Task Force with additional news and resources.
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  • United States Supreme Court Rules That, Under Existing Federal Law, Employers May Not Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity
    June 18, 2020
    On Monday, June 15, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which, among other things, prohibits discrimination on the basis of “sex”, forbids employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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  • Webinar replay available: Construction Delay and Cost Claim Considerations During COVID-19 Webinar
    June 17, 2020
    COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on construction projects – from social distancing and other safety requirements to total project shutdowns. Arthur Chapman law firm and David Pattillo & Associates hosted a webinar to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on your construction projects, and potential delay and cost increase claims that could result.
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  • All Minnesota Businesses – Including Critical Sector Businesses – Must Prepare and Implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
    June 5, 2020
    Today, Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-74, which requires critical sector businesses to prepare and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29, 2020. State agencies will be providing updated guidance to assist in the preparation of these plans by June 15, 2020. The new guidance will be posted to https://staysafe.mn.gov/.
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  • Minnesota Restaurants, Gyms, Theaters, And Certain Other Businesses May Open Or Expand Operations on June 10, 2020, Subject to Limits
    June 5, 2020
    Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-74, which allows for the opening of restaurant dining rooms, gyms, indoor entertainment venues and other businesses and permits the expansion of service by some businesses that were already permitted to open – all subject to restrictions intended to restrain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The order takes effect on June 10, 2020.
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  • Minnesota Supreme Court Abolishes the Common-Law Prohibition Against Champerty
    June 4, 2020
    In a decision handed down on June 3, 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court abolished the common-law prohibition against champerty. Champerty is an agreement to divide litigation proceeds between the owner of the litigated claim and an unrelated party with no bona fide interest in the claim who funds the litigation in whole or in part.
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  • OSHA Changes Enforcement Policy: COVID-19 Now Subject to More Searching “Work-Relatedness” Inquiry
    May 26, 2020
    Effective today, OSHA is rescinding its prior COVID-19-related enforcement memorandum, and replacing it with a new one: “Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).” Under the prior memorandum, issued April 10, 2020, employers generally did not need to record employee COVID-19 cases, unless the employer was in one of three areas: healthcare, emergency response, and correctional institutions. For all other employers, COVID-19 was presumptively not “work-related”— and thus not recordable. That presumption could be overcome by objective evidence, reasonably available to the employer.
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  • Mayor Frey Generally Orders Everyone Over Age Two To Wear Masks or Cloth Face Coverings Inside Minneapolis “Places of Public Accommodation
    May 21, 2020
    Earlier today, Minneapolis Mayor Frey issued Emergency Regulation No. 2020-12. The Order orders every person over the age of two to wear a “mask or cloth face covering in accordance with CDC guidance when in indoor spaces of public accommodation,” if the person can “medically tolerate” it. The covering must cover the person’s “nose and mouth.”
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  • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Announces New Treatment Parameters for PTSD
    May 6, 2020
    On May 4, 2020 the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announced new Treatment Parameters for work-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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  • Limited Return to Work Option for Certain Non-Customer Facing Minnesota Businesses on April 27, 2020
    April 23, 2020
    Today, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-40, allowing non-critical industrial, manufacturing, and office-based businesses to re-open on April 27, 2020, subject to the following conditions:
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  • Wisconsin Adopts COVID-19 Law with Worker’s Compensation Presumption for First Responders
    April 16, 2020
    On April 15, 2020, Wisconsin Governor Evers signed into law a comprehensive bill related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill is effective April 17, 2020. The bill impacts numerous areas of law, including worker’s compensation. The new statutory provision provides a presumption that, where an injury to a “first responder” is found to be caused by COVID-19, the injury is presumed to be caused by the employment. The intent of the law is to ensure that first responders who contract COVID-19 have the advantage of a presumption that the condition was contracted at work. Below are some general FAQs to provide insight into this new statute:
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