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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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  • OSHA Makes COVID-19 Presumptively Not “Work Related” For Most Employers (And Their Duty to Record)
    April 14, 2020
    OSHA Makes COVID-19 Presumptively Not “Work Related” For Most Employers (And Their Duty to Record) COVID-19 is an OSHA recordable illness if, among other things, it is "work related." But how is an employer to figure out whether an employee got COVID-19 from work (as opposed to the grocery store, a family member, etc.)? Resolving that quandary, last Friday, OSHA essentially declared that COVID-19 is presumptively not work related for the purpose of OSHA recording rules (except for health-care, emergency-responder, and corrections workers). Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). That presumption can be overcome by objective evidence of work relatedness, reasonably available to the employer.
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  • Governor Walz Enacts Temporary Amendment to Minnesota's Workers' Compensation Act
    April 8, 2020
    Today, Governor Tim Walz signed into law an unprecedented temporary amendment to Minnesota's Workers’ Compensation Act. The new law was enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and follows similar legislation in several other states. The intent of the law is to ensure that employees in certain designated employment classifications, who contract COVID-19, have the advantage of a presumption that the condition was contracted at work. This temporary amendment involves a change to the definition of occupational disease under Minn. Stat §176.011, subd. 15. Below are some general FAQs to provide insight in to this new statute:
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  • Plan not Panic: Join us for a Webinar Q&A on the COVID-19 Legal Risks Emerging with Critical Service Workers in the Food Industry
    April 7, 2020
    April 8, 2020 3:30-4:00 p.m. Central Time
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  • Recent FFCRA Guidance for Employers: Key Take Aways
    March 30, 2020
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) takes effect April 1, 2020 and the U.S. Department of Labor recently issued another round of guidance. You can find the Department of Labor's complete FAQ document here, https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions. The Department covers many topics and we have summarized some key take-away messages on the eight we found most generally applicable. Do you have questions? Reach out. We would be happy to help.
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  • ACKSP 2020 Families First Coronavirus Response Act Alert
    March 24, 2020
    On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which requires private employers with fewer than 500 employees and certain government employers of any size to provide paid sick and family care leave to employees who must be absent from work (including tele-work) due to COVID-19 quarantines or illness, to care for family members who are quarantined or whose schools and care facilities are closed. These aspects of the law will be effective on April 1, 2020.
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  • Plan not Panic: Join us this week for two webinars on the changing legal landscape related to COVID-19
    March 23, 2020
    We invite you to join us at one or both of our COVID-19-related webinars this week to assist you with the changing legal landscape resulting from the pandemic.
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  • New Federal Law Requires Employers with Fewer than 500 Employees To Provide Paid Leave for COVID-19 Related Employee Absences
    March 19, 2020
    On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide paid sick and family care leave to employees who must be absent from work (including tele-work) due to COVID-19 quarantines or illness, to care for family members who are quarantined or whose schools and care facilities are closed. These aspects of the law will be effective on April 2, 2020.
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  • COVID-19: Plan not Panic
    March 18, 2020
    Arthur Chapman is taking steps to continue to serve your legal needs while closely monitoring the evolving changes with COVID-19. Protecting the health of our clients and employees is a top priority. Our goal is for our clients and teams to experience minimal disruption, while protecting our collective health and safety. As a proactive measure for the safety and health of our employees, many are working remotely. We continue to support the legal needs of our clients and answer questions on how COVID-19 is impacting businesses and the surrounding legal community. Our guiding principle amid this world crisis is to PLAN and not PANIC. Our Firm’s Core Values remain at the center of all we do and guide us during these uncertain times. We know that we will make it through this period, and by working together, we will continue to support your needs and navigate new challenges so our community quickly recovers.
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  • COVID-19: FAQ's for Employment, Coverage, and Workers' Compensation
    March 11, 2020
    The scale of COVID-19 and its impact in the United States is uncertain. Employers need to be proactive and prepared. What steps should employers take to minimize the legal risks and reduce the loss to business? Where should employers begin? At Arthur Chapman, our practice groups have teamed up to develop an action plan for clients to help protect their businesses on several fronts, from insurance coverage and employment issues, to workers’ compensation matters. Every business has unique needs and must have a tailored action plan in place. Businesses must continually monitor developments and update their action plans accordingly. Below are some general FAQs to offer employers a starting point.
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  • Arthur Chapman congratulates Mackrell International (MI) on securing their eighth consecutive ranking as a leading global network in the Chambers Directory
    March 4, 2020
    Arthur Chapman congratulates Mackrell International (MI) on securing their eighth consecutive ranking as a leading global network in the Chambers Directory, a premier legal industry directory.
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  • Arthur Chapman welcomes attorney Nick Strafaccia
    February 10, 2020
    Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Nicholas Strafaccia.
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  • Repose Is Repose Is Repose! The Minnesota Supreme Court's Clear Message to Minnesota's Condo Contractors
    January 15, 2020
    Repose Is Repose Is Repose! The Minnesota Supreme Court’s Clear Message to Minnesota’s Condo Contractors
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  • Arthur Chapman is pleased to announce the addition of attorneys Judson S. Ballentine, Quinton R. Beasley, and Cecilie M. Loidolt
    January 8, 2020
    Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A. is pleased to announce the addition of attorneys Judson S. Ballentine, Quinton R. Beasley, and Cecilie M. Loidolt
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  • Arthur Chapman has announced the election of Corey S. Bronczyk and Beth A. Prouty as shareholders.
    January 6, 2020
    Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetak & Pikala, P.A. has announced the election of Corey S. Bronczyk and Beth A. Prouty as shareholders.
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  • Workers' Compensation for Medical Marijuana? Not So Fast.
    January 1, 2020
    Think MDOLI has settled the issue? Think again. By Sue Conley and Jeff Markowitz | There are times in the law when everyone thinks you’re wrong but you just can’t shake the feeling that you’re right. It is a bit jarring, and it can make you (quite reasonably) second-guess yourself. But you double- and triple-check your facts and the law, take a deep breath, and conclude, yes, I got this right. We respectfully suggest that we are in that situation when it comes to whether, through the 2015 promulgated opioid rules, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MDOLI)—by defining medical marijuana that is used consistent with Minnesota law as not an “illegal substance”—made such medical marijuana reimbursable through Minnesota workers’ compensation.
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  • Arthur Chapman Named a Forbes Top Trusted Corporate Law Firm
    October 16, 2019
    Arthur Chapman is pleased to announce its inclusion in the Forbes 2019 list of "America's Top Trusted Corporate Law Firms." Furthermore, the Firm is one of only 29 law firms nationwide - and the only Minnesota based firm - to receive the "most recommended practice area" designation for Labor & Employment.
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  • Arthur Chapman Welcomes Attorney Douglas Mac Arthur
    July 29, 2019
    Attorney Douglas Mac Arthur has joined the firm as an associate. Douglas earned his JD from William Mitchell College of Law (2014) and his undergraduate degree in Construction Management from Minnesota State University, Moorehead (2011). He served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Judge Denise D. Reilly, Minnesota District Court, Fourth Judicial District (2014). He focuses his practice in the areas of construction, employment and general liability.
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  • Supreme Court Addresses PTSD Amendments
    July 19, 2019
    Supreme Court Addresses PTSD Amendments By Emily A. LaCourse, Noelle L. Schubert, Christine L. Tuft, and James S. Pikala The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a significant ruling on what evidence a compensation judge must consider and what analysis a compensation judge should employ when determining a valid claim for work-related post-traumatic stress disorder ("PTSD").
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