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Minnesota Supreme Court Limits Right Of Public Employers To Restructure Operations When Doing So Threatens Elimination Of Union

In the recent case of Firefighters Union Local 4725 v. City of Brainerd, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that despite a provision in the Public Employment Labor Relations Act (PELRA) that allows public employers to restructure their operations without an obligation "to meet and negotiate on matters of inherent managerial policy," a restructuring that has the effect of eliminating the union or all union positions is prohibited because it violates PELRA's "unfair labor practices" provisions.

Minnesota Enacts Wage Theft Law and Increases Employers' Wage and Hour Obligations

Minnesota's just passed perhaps the greatest change to Minnesota wage and hour law in recent years. The law greatly expands employee protections, creates additional administrative requirements for employers, and imposes criminal penalties for employers that engage in "wage theft." A general overview of the details is discussed below.

Look Boss, No Hands! Minnesota's New Hands Free Driving Law and its Impact on Employers

Beginning on August 1, 2019, Minnesota will join many other states and begin enforcement of a new law that requires hands free operation of a mobile device while driving a motor vehicle. The law recognizes the public safety issue and the fact that technology has eliminated the need to physically hold a cell phone in order to operate it while driving.

The Department of Labor Proposed to Significantly Raise the Minimum Salary Requirements for Certain Exempt Employees (Again!)

No, this is not an old article from 2016. But it does revisit a hot topic from just over two years ago that had the business community clambering. As most employers recall, a little over two years ago owners, managers, and human resource personnel were bracing for the Department of Labor's ("DOL") much anticipated revision of overtime rules that were set to affect millions of employees currently classified as exempt under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Executive, Administrative, or Professional exemptions, commonly referred to as the "white collar exemptions."

Proposed Legislation to Lower the Standard to Prove Sexual Harassment

Minnesota is on the verge of changing the definition of sexual harassment in a way that will lead to more stringent legal responsibility and affect what action the business community needs to take to prevent it from occurring in the workplace.

Supreme Court Holds that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act Applies to All State and Local Governments, Regardless of Size.

State and local government employers, especially those with less than 20 employees, should take note of the following decision by the Supreme Court. On November 6, 2018, in the case of Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido, the Supreme Court unanimously held that state and local government employers, regardless of size, must comply with the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA").

Accommodations for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers

accommodations.jpgEmployers are required to make a variety of accommodations for pregnant and nursing mothers as well as parental leave. The Quinlivan & Hughes Employment Group provided an overview of the laws and recent changes this week at the firm's latest Breakfast Seminar. Download the presentation.

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