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Is Your Company Email Policy Violating Employees’ Federally Protected Rights?

Posted by Lida Bannink, Labor & Employment attorney, October 4, 2017.

Virtually all employers maintain policies regarding the use of company email. Often these policies restrict the use of company email for only business purposes.  While this seems reasonable on its face, a recent decision from the National Labor…

DOL Issues Guidance On Classification of Independent Contractors

The guidance specifically relates to determining who is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Supreme Court Focuses on Motive in Religious Discrimination Under Title VII

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that an employer does not need actual knowledge of a job applicant’s need for a religious accommodation to discriminate against that job applicant under Title VII.

NLRB Expands Employee Rights to Use Company Email To Discuss Workplace Issues and Union Organizing

In one of its most recent decisions, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) significantly expanded employee labor rights and adopted a presumption that employees who have been given access to the employer’s e-mail system are entitled to use work email during non-working time to engage in statutorily protected discussions…

Minnesota Passes Women’s Economic Security Act

On Sunday, May 11th, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the Women’s Economic Security Act (the “Act”).  Intended to improve working conditions and pay for women in the workplace,  the Act modifies numerous employment laws related to wage, sick leave, parenting leave and workplace protections for pregnant women and nursing mothers.  The Act will significantly impact Minnesota businesses.

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Minnesota Passes Law Increasing Minimum Wage

In April, 2014, Governor Dayton signed into law a substantial increase to the minimum wage in Minnesota. The new law takes effect on August 1, 2014 and imposes a phased increase to the minimum wage. The amount of the minimum wage increase for each employer depends on whether the employer is defined as a “large employer” or “small employer” under the law.

Large Employer Minimum Wage Rate…

Employers Must Be Cautious of the Fair Credit Reporting Act When Obtaining Criminal Background Checks

When obtaining criminal background checks on job candidates or employees is your business paying careful attention to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”)? If not, you may be in violation of federal law! The FCRA mandates employers to follow a distinct set of requirements when obtaining criminal background reports from a third party consumer reporting agency (“CRA”). Failure to follow these requirements…

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