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.  

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May
20
2024
Minnesota Latest State To Require Pay Transparency In Job Postings Barnes & Thornburg LLP
May
17
2024
Trending in Telehealth: May 7 – May 13, 2024 McDermott Will & Emery
May
15
2024
Trending in Telehealth: April 16 – April 22, 2024 McDermott Will & Emery
May
5
2024
Minnesota Legislative Update 2024, Part III: Entering the Homestretch—Legislators’ Time to Make It or Break It Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Apr
23
2024
Trending in Telehealth: April 9 – April 15, 2024 McDermott Will & Emery
Apr
17
2024
Minnesota Legislative Update 2024, Part II: Don’t Miss the Omnibus—Legislators’ Last Chance to Pass Employment Law Bills Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Apr
10
2024
Duluth, Minnesota Repeals Its Paid Leave Ordinance; Other City Ordinances Remain Jackson Lewis P.C.
Mar
28
2024
Minnesota Publishes New Information Concerning PFAS in Products Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Mar
27
2024
Minnesota Legislative Update 2024: Employment Law Bills Cover ESST, Human Rights Act, Pay Disclosure, and Restrictive Covenants Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Mar
15
2024
Proposed Minnesota House Bill HF 4206 Would Prohibit Ownership Interests, Operational/Financial Control of Health Care Providers by Private Equity and REITS Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Mar
8
2024
Minnesota AG Bans Tribal Lender from Doing Business within the State Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Feb
26
2024
Comments Regarding the Intentional Use of PFAS in Products and CUUs Due March 1, 2024, in Maine and Minnesota Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Feb
14
2024
St. Paul Issues New Guidance For Employers Complying with the City’s Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance Jackson Lewis P.C.
Jan
31
2024
USDA Awarding $19 Million in Grants to U.S. Business Owners to Increase Access to Clean, Affordable Domestic Biofuels Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Jan
26
2024
CFPB and Attorneys General Sue Debt-Relief Enterprise Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Jan
23
2024
Trade Secret Law Evolution Podcast Episode 60: Two States’ Approaches to Preemption [PODCAST] Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jan
22
2024
U.S. Government Joins States in Challenging NCAA’s Transfer Eligibility Rule Jackson Lewis P.C.
Jan
16
2024
Take Note: Significant 2024 Gift/Estate Tax Exemption Inflation Increases Blank Rome LLP
Jan
12
2024
Minnesota Requests Comments on Planned Rules for MPCA’s Determination of Currently Unavoidable Uses of PFAS in Products Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
Jan
10
2024
Guidance Interpreting Minnesota’s New Earned Sick and Safe Time Law Jackson Lewis P.C.
Jan
4
2024
Legislation Banning ‘Captive Audience’ Meetings Enacted in Minnesota, Awaiting Enactment in New York Jackson Lewis P.C.
Jan
2
2024
US State Law Roundup – 2023 Year-end Update Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Dec
26
2023
A Holiday Miracle for New York Employers and Dealmakers! Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Dec
20
2023
Episode 60: Two States’ Approaches to Preemption [Podcast] Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Dec
20
2023
A Lack of Transparency: Minnesota Edition Blank Rome LLP
Dec
19
2023
Saint Paul Changes Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance as Second City to Align With Minnesota’s Leave Law Jackson Lewis P.C.
Dec
19
2023
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
Dec
11
2023
State and Local Hourly Minimum Wage Rate Increases are “Coming to Town” on January 1, 2024 Polsinelli PC
Dec
1
2023
Warning - Transaction Delays Expected. State Notice Requirements Ahead for Health Care M&A! Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Nov
28
2023
The New Year Brings New Leave Laws Jackson Lewis P.C.
Nov
14
2023
MNDOLI Issues Guidance on Minnesota Statewide Paid Earned Sick and Safe Time Law Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Nov
13
2023
January 1 is Coming: New Law May Spell PTO Policy Updates for Minnesota Employers Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Nov
6
2023
CMS’ Making Care Primary (MCP) Model: Applications Due November 30, 2023 Foley & Lardner LLP
Nov
3
2023
Bloomington Amends Sick and Safe Time Ordinance to Align With Minnesota’s Sick and Safe Time Law Jackson Lewis P.C.
Oct
25
2023
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.
 

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