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MNCLS Contracts Already Contain New Deductibles Notice

If your construction company is using documents for insurance projects that Minnesota Construction Law Services drafted in the past few years, they already comply with the new Minnesota law on deductibles that took effect on August 1. Meanwhile, clients with very old MNCLS contract sets may contact the firm to add the clause at no cost.

Minnesota Construction Law Services adds Immigration Counsel as Supreme Court DAPA Ruling Approaches

Minnesota Construction Law Services is dedicated to serving owner-operated construction firms. Because many construction companies are owned by or employ immigrants, we have retained immigration attorney Courtney Ernston to further serve our clients' needs.

MN Contractors: Avoid Mechanic's Lien Pitfalls and Get Paid

Many general contractors and their subcontractors believe mechanic's liens are legal instruments that ensure they will be paid for their work, if not immediately at least when the uncooperative property owner refinances or sells. Maybe, if you understand how they work, follow the rules, and recognize when they are the right collections tool. 

Hugh Mulligan, Minnesota Construction Law's New Attorney

Hugh Mulligan served as a law clerk at Minnesota Construction Law Services while in his third year at William Mitchell College of Law. After receiving his JD degree last year, he passed the Minnesota Bar exam on his first attempt and was sworn in on October 30. We talked with the young Minneapolis resident about how he got interested in business law and why he chose to develop his promising career at Minnesota Construction Law Services.

'Free' Model Contracts Can Be Costly to Minnesota Contractors

Using another contractor's contract or a model document provided by a trade group or online source can be as risky as taking someone else's medication rather than consulting your own doctor. And making your construction business contractually liable for more than is legally required is even worse than exceeding the prescription's recommended dosage. 

DOLI Investigating Mis-Classification of Subcontractors

Contractors are again receiving letters notifying them that the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry is investigating them for employee mis-classification. They are demanding a list of all subcontractors including proof of registration with the Department. If you haven't already requested from your subs the information I suggest you obtain, you should get on it quickly. The information you should have includes a signed subcontractor agreement, proof of worker's compensation and general liability insurance including a certificate of additional insured, proof of license or registration, and a current Certificate of Good Standing from the Secretary of State if the sub is a corporation or LLC. 

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