On August 8, the Minneapolis City Council passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide new notices to employees effective January 1, 2020. The ordinance will apply not only to employers with brick and mortar locations within the City’s limits, but also employers outside the City with employees who work at least 80 hours each year

Employers use numerous tools to screen applicants and determine which one may be the best for the job including job applications, interviews, reference checks and criminal background checks. Criminal background checks can be highly useful for employers, and can legitimately weed out applicants who are not suitable for the position. Nevertheless, the Equal Employment Opportunity

Employers have long disliked labor unions’ use of inflatable rats, large balloon cats, mock funerals and other types of dramatic protests mounted when a labor union wants to exert pressure on a company to cease doing business with the employer with whom the union has a dispute.  The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) expressly prohibits

As discussed in a prior post , the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) continues to target certain employee work rules and policies, including employee handbook provisions, as running afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  Although the current NLRB has reversed several previous NLRB decisions regarding handbook policies, the line between permissible policies and

Most of us have driven behind or next to a driver who is talking on a cell phone.  Some of you have driven with a cell phone leaning on your ear.  Obviously, a cell phone can be distracting and can be a factor in an accident.

The Minnesota legislature decided to reduce the threat that

Earlier this month, we issued an article entitled, “Minnesota Enacts New Wage Theft Laws and Employee Notice Requirements.” Please click here to read the article. This article detailed sweeping new laws regarding wage theft, and requirements that employers provide employees detailed information regarding their employment at the commencement of their employment, as well as at

Employee work rules and policies continue to be controversial at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  Under President Obama, the NLRB determined that many common employer policies and work rules violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) because they interfered with and chilled employee rights to engage in protected concerted activity.  The NLRB found these

Recently, Quest Diagnostics, a company offering drug-testing services to employers, issued a report highlighting year-over-year double-digit increases in positive urine tests for marijuana between 2015–2017 in almost one-third of all U.S. industry sectors.  The company has catalogued over thirty years of national workplace drug positivity trends, and it reports significant increased positive tests both in

In the latest move in the proverbial tug of war over possible changes to the overtime laws, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a potential new rule on March 8 that would increase the salary required for the so-called “white collar exemptions” under the Fair Labor Standards Act  from $23,660 to $35,308, with automatic cost