ARTICLE ARCHIVES

Microbrewery alleges former exec spilled trade secrets

02/17/2017
Summit Brewing in St. Paul is suing its former vice president of sales for providing trade secrets to a direct competitor.

Minority cops: Minneapolis P.D. psych screening test is biased

02/17/2017
The psychological test the Minneapolis Police Department uses to screen applicants is biased against minorities, according to some police officers.

Before you fire, consider records you will need if sued

02/17/2017
Whenever you fire someone, consider that he or she might sue you. Be prepared to show that the employee’s punishment was comparable to that of other employees who broke the same rule.

Federal court: Minnesota law protects transgender people

02/17/2017
A federal court has concluded that Minnesota’s sex discrimination laws include gender identity as a protected status.

Court issues restraining order against employee? That's good enough to support discipline

02/17/2017
What should happen if a physical altercation in the workplace ends with one employee securing a restraining order against the other? Can you fire the apparent instigator for breaking workplace rules against fighting? Will that expose you to liability?

Willful misconduct bars unemployment

02/17/2017
An important reminder: Willful misconduct can bar a former employee from receiving unemployment benefits.

Lie on application? No unemployment benefits

02/17/2017
Employees caught lying on their employment applications about their educational level may not be entitled to unemployment compensation benefits.

Acosta to replace Puzder as Labor Secretary nominee

02/16/2017
Law school dean and former NLRB member Alexander Acosta is the Trump administration's new pick to become Secretary of Labor.

To claim discrimination, worker must cite 'adverse action'--not just an upsetting one

02/16/2017
Employees who claim their employers discriminated against them must be able to prove that they suffered some sort of action that was “adverse,” not merely uncomfortable, inconvenient or even unfair.

Is it time to stop asking about salary history?

02/16/2017
The movement in state and local governments to ban questions about past pay is quickly gaining steam.

Union arbitrator can decide guilt, but not punishment

02/16/2017
If an agreement includes specific disciplinary provisions, it’s up to an arbitrator to determine if an employee violated the rules. But if the agreement spells out the punishment, the arbitrator is not free to modify the penalty.

ADA claims can live on even after death

02/16/2017
A federal appeals court has decided ADA disability discrimination claims can continue even though the employee has died.

Charges might be wrong? Beware retaliation

02/16/2017
An employer has learned the hard way that taking draconian action against an employee who might have filed false harassment charges usually isn’t a good idea.

Two-for-one regs purge? Don't bet on it

02/16/2017
A dramatic reduction in the regulatory burden may be largely illusory, for several reasons.

10 lame excuses for showing up late to work

02/15/2017
More than a quarter of workers (29%) admit they roll in late to work at least once per month.
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