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Master compliance challenges that follow natural disasters

10/18/2017
Unless planned and executed properly, employers’ emergency procedures may run afoul of many federal, state and local employment laws.

Nonsensical complaint? Move for quick dismissal

10/18/2017
It can be difficult and even unnerving when a former employee files a lawsuit full of obvious false and unsupportable allegations. But don’t ignore it. Work with your lawyers to get it dismissed as soon as possible.

Be alert for positive drug test results caused by meds used to treat disabilities

10/16/2017
Do you perform drug tests on employees suspected of being under the influence of intoxicants or illicit drugs? Be aware that some positive test results may be due to legal prescription drugs required for the treatment of disabilities.

Make sure your good records are dated, too

10/12/2017
When it comes to litigation, employers that keep meticulous performance records and can pinpoint exactly when they made important employment decisions typically fare better than those who keep sloppy records.

Freedom of speech: Does it apply at work?

10/12/2017
It’s a free country, so employees can express themselves however they want at work, right? Wrong. Only employees in the public sector—those who work for government entities—have First Amendment rights in the workplace, subject to limitations.

How can we legally protect trade secrets?

10/06/2017
Q. What are some best practices employers can use to protect their trade secrets?

After Minnesota Supreme Court ruling, new rules for whistleblowers

09/26/2017
A unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court decision has made it considerably easier for workers to file—and win—whistleblower lawsuits under the Minnesota Whistleblower Act.

Establish—and follow—standard policy for releasing employee records

09/26/2017
It’s not unusual for former employees or their prospective employers to ask for copies of personnel records. Make sure you follow a consistent policy that regulates how, when and to whom such records may be released.

Time to review your marijuana testing policy?

09/26/2017
A hot economy, an evolving legal landscape and changing views about marijuana use have employers asking a once-unthinkable question: Is it time to drop pot from the list of drugs targeted by workplace testing programs?

Office ‘desk sensors:’ Legal, but an employee turnoff

09/21/2017
An increasing number of employers are using small electronic sensors placed under desks that tell when employees are present.
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