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Carl Lehmann, who chairs Gray Plant Mooty’s employment law group, has worked with the Minnesota Council of Crime and Justice and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, which had a hand in the 2013 legislation that gives convicted felons a second chance and which also can be good for employers.
“The Minnesota Department of Human Rights will enforce the law, and, in the first year, unless an employer willfully violates this law, there will be no penalty,” Lehmann said.
“This is a growing social issue and employers must be involved in the discussion or there will be solutions foisted upon them. The Minnesota Chamber was involved in crafting language that protected business.
“It’s always been public policy in Minnesota to give ex-offenders a second chance. Recidivism rates drop when an individual can get a job. Ex-offenders can turn their lives around and be good employees. They are very appreciative when they get a job.”
Anytime Fitness grows all over, gets a salute
Hastings-based Anytime Fitness expects systemwide revenue to grow 30 percent this year $630 million.
The company has opened more than 250 clubs in each of the last six years and boasts 2,300 clubs in 16 countries on five continents. That rate of growth led to Anytime’s ranking as No. 1 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s just-released annual “Franchise 500” list.
“This designation as No. 1 is a credit to our fabulous franchisees,” said CEO and co-founder Chuck Runyon. “In addition to operating convenient and affordable gyms, our franchisee [owners] and their staffs provide our members with personal service that gets results.”
At the corporate level, franchiser Anytime Fitness employs 140 people, 125 of them in Minnesota. Revenue from franchisee fees and other income will be $71.5 million this year, the privately held firm said.