July 1, 2019

Do you provide your new employees with a written offer letter that memorializes the employee’s position, terms and conditions of employment and benefits such as vacation or PTO? If this is not part of your current practice, we highly recommend adopting the use of an offer letter for your new hires. Not only will this letter prevent issues in the future if there is some miscommunication about pay, exempt/non-exempt status, and role, some states require that you provide this notice to new employees. For example, Minnesota recently enacted the Minnesota Wage Theft Law that places numerous new burdens on companies to provide their employees with a written notice that includes the employee’s status as exempt or non-exempt, number of days in the pay period, the new employee’s first payday date, the employee’s rate of pay, etc. If you are using an offer letter that you would like us to review, or if you would like help drafting one from scratch, consult with one of our attorneys at myHRcounsel for assistance. Also, if you are a Minnesota company and would like to learn more about this new law, join us on August 6th at 11:00 a.m. Central time for a one-hour webinar to learn about what the law is and how to get and stay compliant. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3806058855465725197.

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