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Through its Web site, Lynn Jackson offers a number of blogs tailored to the firm’s practice areas. These blogs are intended to provide useful information to our clients (and visitors) and are updated on a frequent basis. In some blogs, clients will be made aware of new developments in the law. Other blogs will provide practical advice on how to avoid certain pitfalls. The purpose of each blog is to provide content that offers real value to our clients and visitors. Please access any blog that may interest you within the Practice Group pages.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019
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South Dakota’s Annual Increase Of Minimum Wage Has Been Announced

Just announced: the new South Dakota Minimum Wage for 2020 is increasing by 20 cents per hour. The new rate of $9.30 per hour is up from $9.10 in 2019. The new rate becomes effective on January 1, 2020. South…
Thursday, 26 September 2019
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United States Department of Labor Issues Long-Awaited Final Overtime Rule

  This week the Federal Department of Labor announced its long-awaited final overtime rule, which will go into effect on January 1, 2020. The final rule raises the standard salary threshold from the currently enforced level of $455 per week…
Thursday, 19 September 2019
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Good Surveys Make Good Neighbors.

If you’ve lived in the West for very long, you’ve probably heard the saying “good fences make good neighbors.” However, this can only be true when the fences are based on a good survey. Folks often assume that the “natural”…
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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Insurance Coverage Considerations

We have experienced some unusual weather this year, resulting in damage to property. Insurance coverage for that damage can raise questions. All determinations on whether certain damage is “covered” by insurance start with the terms and conditions of the particular…
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on “Immoral” or “Scandalous” Trademark

On June 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court handed down a 6-3 decision in favor of Erik Brunetti in Iancu v. Brunetti, 139 S.Ct. 2294 (2019). In Iancu, the Court held that the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 1051…
Wednesday, 14 August 2019
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Retaliation Cases on the Rise – But Timing Alone Not Always Enough to Prove It

Retaliation claims against employers are on the rise, as the statistics from the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) show. In fiscal year 2018, for example, total retaliation claims appeared in 51.6% of charges filed with the EEOC, totaling a…
Thursday, 08 August 2019
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Back to School Supplies: Two Legal Documents for 18-Year-Olds

As the school season returns, parents and children are buying pencils, pens, notebooks, and dorm room and other supplies to prepare for the year to come. However, not many parents’ school supply lists consist of a General Durable Power of…
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
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A Guide to Filing a Charge of Employment Discrimination

Workers in South Dakota are employed on an “at will” basis, meaning that employers may terminate an employee for any reason or no reason at all, so long as the reason for termination is not illegal. Some of the more…
Wednesday, 31 July 2019
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Surviving the Sturgis Rally - Tips if You are Involved in a Motorcycle Accident

The 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is upon us. With it come thousands of bikers. And while we all do our best to drive even more safely and cautiously during this time, there will inevitably be a few accidents during this…
Friday, 12 July 2019
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Workplace Investigations: An Effective Tool for Addressing Certain Employment Issues

You work in Human Resources for your organization and your office receives a complaint from a female employee. She alleges that her male supervisor, the Vice President of Communications, has made “inappropriate comments” to her and touched her in ways…
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