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PRES. TRUMP SIGNS FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT PREPARE TO PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE AND FMLA – APRIL 2 EFFECTIVE DATE Last evening, President Donald Trump, upon final Senate passage hours earlier, signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Act is an economic stimulus plan that attempts to address the impact of…

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Latest Executive Orders: vehicle and driver regulations, paid leave for state employees Minnesota Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-06 to exempt vehicles and drivers providing direct assistance for emergency relief efforts in response to COVID-19 from certain regulations including provisions on truck weights and hours of service. Walz also signed Executive Order 20-07 providing paid leave…

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Impacted Employees Can Apply For Unemployment Insurance Benefits Immediately Yesterday the Governor issued an Executive Order waiving the waiting period on unemployment insurance, potentially making benefits available to COVID-19-impacted employees immediately. In addition to employees impacted by lay-offs through no fault of their own, the program has been modified to cover employees who cannot work due…

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© 2020, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved. During the early morning hours of March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” (H.R. 6201) by an overwhelming vote of 363-40. The bill now heads to the Senate where it is expected to pass sometime…

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“Farm equipment dealers and manufacturers are dedicated to supporting farmers when it comes to meeting their equipment needs, reducing downtime, and maximizing productivity.” Matthew C. Larsgaard, President/CEO, Pioneer EDA That was the message delivered by Pioneer EDA President/CEO Matthew Larsgaard to members and staff of Minnesota Farmers Union during a recent meeting focused on the…

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Minnesota and South Dakota dealer members are being represented full time by the Pioneer Equip-ment Dealers Association during their respective 2020 legislative sessions in St. Paul and Pierre. The Minnesota legislative session began yesterday, February 11, and South Dakota’s session began Tuesday, January 14. (North Dakota’s legislative session convenes in odd-numbered years and therefore is…

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What is the “Right to Repair” Movement? It’s much bigger than You Might Realize… Years ago, special interest activists began to promote legislation that is commonly misrepresented as “Right to Repair.” Proponents state that they simply want the information necessary to perform repairs of products such as combines and tractors, along with everything from cell…

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