Protecting municipalities from potential employer liabilities.

Eckberg Lammers’ labor and employment group provides a full spectrum of legal services designed to proactively protect municipalities from potential employer liabilities. Our attorneys actively partner with municipal clients to develop and implement practical workplace policies that not only foster effective employer-employee relations, but help avoid costly litigation should disputes arise.

We deliver sound legal advice and representation in the following areas:

  • General Counsel
    • Minnesota Veterans’ Preference Act
    • Minnesota Data Practices Act
    • Hiring
    • Discipline
    • Discharge
    • Workplace investigations
    • Sick and medical leave
    • Background checks
    • Union avoidance


  • Practices, Policies, and Contracts
    • Employee handbooks
    • Fire department operational policies
    • Drug & alcohol testing policies
    • Workplace safety manuals
    • Employment applications
    • Employment agreements
    • Separation and severance agreements
    • Independent contractor agreements
    • Collective bargaining agreements


  • Litigation
    • Discrimination
    • Harassment/hostile work environment
    • Retaliation
    • Disability accommodation
    • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    • Overtime, wage & hours dispute
    • Prevailing Wage
    • Unemployment compensation
    • Union grievance
    • Wrongful discharge
    • Veterans’ Preference


  • Audits & Training
    • Wage and hour audits
    • Personnel file audits
    • Employment handbook audits
    • Personnel policy audits
    • Discrimination/Harassment training
    • OSHA compliance


Our Municipal Labor & Employment Team

In Our Clients’ Words

I wanted to take a moment this morning to express my appreciation and gratitude. We have been entrenched in a complex human resource issue for the past 15 months with one of our employees, and Lida has been a guiding light throughout the process. She has provided us with sound advice and direction as we navigated an evolving and fluid situation with significant challenges and complexity.

We received an award and decision after a four-day trial, and I could not be more pleased with the outcome and the opinion.The decision is a direct reflection on Lida Bannink’s guidance, advice, case preparation, and trial performance. I have spent 31 years working in this industry, testified hundreds of times in court cases, and worked with a variety of attorney’s over the years in a courtroom setting. I followed along each day of the hearing and could not have been more impressed with Lida’s preparedness and presentation of the case.

The decision is a win for Eckberg Lammers, for our organization, as well as for the community. More importantly, this decision will have a significant positive impact on the morale of our employees knowing we stand by our convictions of integrity, ethics, and professionalism; and we are willing to fight for those core values. Thank you on behalf of the members of our organization.

Labor & Employment Client