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New retirement plan: Baby Boomers seeking flexible work environment

03/27/2017

Oh the times they are a-changing. As Boomers begin to age out of the traditional workforce, Millennials are moving up the lines to take their place in leadership positions. An interesting trend is beginning to emerge.

All-states chart on mandatory breaks

03/24/2017
Your guide to rules on mandatory breaks in each state.

Are departing employees legally allowed to demand a copy of their personnel files?

03/23/2017
Q. If an employee is leaving the company and they request to take with them a copy of their complete personnel file, do they have the right to receive it? If so, does that include all records from their separate medical file and any confidential files?

Can we refuse to pay out accrued vacation if employee suddenly quits?

03/23/2017
Q. Our company policy is not to pay an employee for unused vacation time if the employee resigns without giving the required two weeks’ notice. A former employee has challenged this policy and is threatening to take the company to court. Is this policy lawful?

Do we have to keep job open for Minn. employee on extended jury duty?

03/23/2017
Q. We are a small business and cannot afford to have employees out for extended leaves. One of our employees will be on jury duty for a trial that we’re told could continue for at least a month. Do we have to keep her job open to her when the trial is over?

Minnesota legal update: Minimum wage, leave ordinances

03/23/2017
While much of the nation is focused on what changes may be coming to the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the EEOC, employers would do well to also pay attention to changes at the state level.

Proposed law would ban cellphone use while driving in Minn.

03/23/2017
The Minnesota state legislature is considering outlawing virtually all cellphone use behind the wheel.

Minn. statehouse mulls paid leave: Replace Twin Cities laws?

03/23/2017
With paid sick leave ordinances set to take effect July 1 in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Minnesota state legislature is firing back.

Just doing your job? That's not whistleblowing

03/23/2017
If reporting wrongdoing is part of an employee’s job, then that doesn’t constitute whistleblowing.

Be prepared to explain deviation from rules

03/23/2017
Your own rules can be used against you if you don’t follow them.

Comprehensive employee handbook is your best tool to beat unemployment claims

03/23/2017
There’s a way to avoid being liable for unemployment compensation benefits when you terminate an employee for misconduct: Convincingly show that the employee knew all about the rules he violated but still didn’t follow them.

Employees may not like job changes, but that doesn't give them reason to sue

03/23/2017
Sure, change is hard, and some alterations may irritate some employees. That doesn’t mean they can sue.

Discovered mistaken deduction from exempt pay? Fix it fast, or face big liability risk

03/23/2017
It’s almost never appropriate to withhold any of an exempt employee’s pay. But what happens if an employer makes a salary deduction either inadvertently or because it mistakenly believed it was allowed?

You don't have to offer reason for discharge

03/23/2017
Sometimes, if you want to help a terminated employee move on to better opportunities, it may also make sense to not offer a reason for the discharge, especially if stating the reason could interfere with his or her job hunt.

Loose lips can lead to retaliation litigation

03/23/2017
When an employee files a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint, ensure no one tries to make life difficult for that employee. That could lead to a retaliation lawsuit—even if the underlying complaint isn’t serious enough to support a lawsuit.
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