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Paul Shneider – VP of Minnesota River Builders Association

Jan. 30, 2017

Congratulations to Paul Shneider, attorney at Blethen, Gage and Krause, for being elected as Vice President of Minnesota River Builders Association for 2017!

The MN River Builders Association was founded in 1994 by a small group of builders and associate members whose goal was to increase the professionalism and quality of the homebuilding industry. Over the years the association has grown to include builders, remodelers, subcontractors, suppliers and other professionals who support the building industry in south-central Minnesota. They are the trusted voice of the industry, providing leadership, networking and information resources to our members, our communities and our government officials. The MRBA requires that all members have proper licensing for their industry and all must comply with the rules, regulations, and continuing education requirements set by state statue. MRBA strives to benefit their members in the professional growth of their businesses through participation, advocacy, education and community involvement.


Latest Update Regarding Overtime Rule

Dec. 05, 2016

The Department of Labor filed an appeal of the recent federal Court’s decision to halt the new overtime rule increasing salary requirements for certain exempt employees. Because the appeal process can be lengthy, and it is uncertain what effect the new administration will have on this issue, employers are encouraged to continue what they’ve been doing since November 22 when the federal Court granted the emergency motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the rule. At this time, the injunction is still in effect and the new rule did not take effect on December 1st.

Blethen, Gage and Krause will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as they are available.

We are available to provide assistance and guidance regarding this issue. You may call one of our employment law attorneys – Julia Ketcham Corbett, Beth Serrill or Kevin Velasquez at 507-345-1166 if you have questions.

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FLSA Overtime Rule Suspended

Nov. 29, 2016

UPDATE: As you probably know, the final Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA's) overtime rule was set to go into effect Thursday, December 1. A federal judge in Texas put the brakes on the Department of Labor's (DOL's) new federal overtime rule, which would have doubled the FLSA's salary threshold for the "White Collar" exemptions from overtime pay and would have automatically adjusted the threshold every three years beginning in 2020.
While the ultimate impact of this decision is unknown, the court's decision on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 was welcome news for many employers who have been struggling with the impacts of the rule-both to their budgets as well as its impact on workplace flexibility and employee morale.

What do you do now?

• At this time, employers do not need to implement changes by the December 1, 2016 deadline. After hearing the full case, the court could allow the rule to go forward; the incoming Trump Administration now has more time to make changes, including ending the rule making permanently or issuing a new rule with a more reasonable salary threshold.

• If you have already implemented the rule, consider leaving your decisions in place. We empathize with you and employers who have already prepared for the December 1 deadline. Each workplace is unique and employers must consider which approach causes the least disruption for their workplaces. For example, if you have not already reclassified employees, you may want to postpone your decision and monitor the policy developments closely. On the other hand, if you raised otherwise exempt employees' salaries to meet the proposed threshold, you may want to keep those in place.

If you need assistance understanding or analyzing this issue for your workforce, please call one of Blethen, Gage & Krause's employment law attorneys - Julia Ketcham Corbett, Beth Serrill or Kevin Velasquez at 507-345-1166.

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New OT Rules – Breakfast Forum Scheduled

Oct. 17, 2016

The Greater Mankato Growth will be hosting a breakfast forum regarding the new overtime rules. Julia Ketcham Corbett, attorney at Blethen Gage and Krause, and Angie Ziegler, accountant with Eide Bailley, will be the speakers.

The Department of Labor released its long-awaited final rule updating its overtime regulations for exempt "white collar" salaried workers. These regulations govern which executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The annual threshold has increased from $455 per week or $23,660 annual salary to $913 per week or the equivalent of $47,476 annual salary; a 50% increase. This will clearly have an impact on employers and employees in the Greater Mankato area.

The expert panel will provide critical information needed to comply with this law.

The forum will take place at Greater Mankato Growth in the Sakatah Trail Room. To register, go to

If you have questions regarding this particular rule or any other employment law issue, please contact our employment law experts


Jacob Sherlock Admitted to US District Court

Oct. 06, 2016

Jacob Sherlock, associate attorney at Blethen, Gage, and Krause, was admitted to the US DIstrict Court, District of Minnesota.Jacob (Jake) Sherlock BGK Law

What is a District Court?  There are 94 district or trial courts in the United States.  District courts resolve disputes by determining the facts and applying legal principles to decide who is right.  Trial courts include the district judge who tries the case and a jury that decides the case.  In order to represent a party in a case in a district court, an attorney must be admitted to the bar of that particular court.

Jacob represents clients in a wide array of litigation-related matters including personal injury, product liability, family law, criminal defense and insurance law.  He also includes estate planning and probate as part of his practice.

Get to know Jacob and what he can do for you by contacting him at 507-345-1166 or at

Julia Corbett Listed in Who’s Who in Mankato

Sep. 22, 2016

julia-ketcham-corbettThe Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal recently published an edition regarding the Mankato area.  In that publication, Julia Corbett, attorney at Blethen, Gage and Krause, was listed as one of the Who’s Who in Mankato!

Julia has been with Blethen for 22 years and focuses her areas of practice in Employment Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Family Law.  She most recently was named “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics for the third year in a row. 

For more information regarding Julia’s credentials and what she can do for you, visit her page at  Or, call her at 507-345-1166.

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I am Ag

Sep. 22, 2016

Christopher M. Roe

Chris Roe, attorney at Blethen, Gage and Krause, was recently featured in Green Seam’s, “I am Ag”. 

Chris grew up on a farm and continues to farm with his family near LeRoy, MN. Chris represents a large number of agricultural businesses, processors, and producers in all areas of law impacting the agriculture industries.

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Green Seam is a new initiative developed by Greater Mankato Growth in order to build on and connect the region's extensive agricultural business assets in order to develop and position the region to be known nationally and internationally as the place for talent, business, innovation and education in relation to agriculture.

To learn more about what Chris can do you for you, call him at 507-345-1166.

Corbett & Serrill to Speak at Employment Law Seminar

Sep. 02, 2016


Each year SMAHRA (Southern MN Area Human Resource Association) selects the latest hot topics affecting local business leaders and brings together an expert line up of professionals to keep local businesses current and up-to-date on issues. 

Julia Corbett and Beth Serrill will be speaking about the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) intersection.  These two laws are continuously updated and keeping up is a challenge. 

The number of employees who are affected by or protected by these laws is growing.  It is essential that managers, supervisors, and HR professionals understand the intricacies of and interplay between these two laws to assure legal compliance as well as to provide employees with the benefits and protections each law provides.  There are many special considerations and circumstances under each of these laws.  Having a solid understanding of the law, cases and decisions can help HR professionals face each challenging situation more effectively without interfering with the rights of employees.

This year’s Employment Law Seminar is on September 13 at the Country Inn & Suites in Mankato.    See the link below for details.

SMAHRA Employment Law Seminar

For more information regarding this topic or other employment law issues, contact Julia Corbett or Beth Serrill at 507-345-1166.

Protect Your Family With a Will

Aug. 18, 2016

August is designated as National Make a Will Month. Like life insurance, a Will is not a subject that most people want to talk about. However, a Will is necessary to ensure that your family, particularly your children, are taken care of when you are gone. Think of it as a gift to him/her or them. If your Will is in place and something happens to you, your children are protected in that you can name a person in your Will to act as their guardian and to oversee the assets you leave behind.

For adult children, you protect the family from having to make decisions that may cause emotional hardship. You can ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.

If you die without a Will, the court decides who will raise your children and who will be responsible for administering your estate. Your money, real estate, and personal belongings will be distributed according to a formula decided by legislators, not you. This legislative formula is called intestate succession. Intestate succession is a one-size fits all, which the Court must follow. The Court does not have the authority to consider your particular family dynamics.

Our estate planning attorneys, Chris Roe, Paul Shneider, Michael Karp, Silas Danielson and Kim Literovich can help you take control.  Call us at 507-345-1166.

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Blethen Interview on Business Beat

Jul. 28, 2016

Attorneys, Julia Ketcham Corbett and Ben McAninch were recently interviewed by Jonathon Zierdt for the July edition of Business Beat.  See link to segment below:

The Business Beat is a show produced by Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) which consists of three five minute segments that include one news and marketplace segment and two spots featuring GMG members.

Julia and Ben focused on our commitment to the community as well as our commitment to our clients, proven by the number of Rising Star and Super Lawyer designations received in July.

To learn more about all of our attorneys visit our attorney profile page.


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