The Minnesota Supreme Court, the state’s highest court, decided to uphold the minimum wage ordinance which was enacted by the City of Minneapolis back in 2017 and which will eventually require Minneapolis employers to pay workers $15.00 per hour.  Those Minneapolis-based employers which were holding out hope that the Minneapolis ordinance would ultimately not be

Last fall ProPublica revealed that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has cited employers for discriminatory targeting of job ads on Facebook.  The ads in question excluded women and older workers through use of the micro-targeting tools provided by Facebook’s advertising platform.  Early in 2019, a similar practice came under fire by the Department of

If you have eaten out recently, you may have seen an additional charge at the bottom of your bill that says something like “health care 3%” or “3.9% mandate compliance surcharge.” As restaurant and other service-industry employers face growing employee costs further eroding already razor-thin margins, many increasingly add extra charges to their bills to

In December 2018, President Trump made his third appointment to the NLRB, giving the Republicans a majority on the five-person Board. 2019 has seen a number of Board decisions in which the Board reversed or narrowed its decisions made by a Board which was controlled by Democratic appointees.

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In 2014, the NLRB

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) defines certain employees as exempt and others as nonexempt.  Nonexempt employees are generally entitled to receive overtime pay at a rate of at least one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay.  Overtime is often easy to calculate on straight weekly earnings, but what happens when employees

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is leading the fight with 18 States’ Attorney Generals (AGs) to ask the federal government to ban employers from utilizing non-competition provisions with most employees. According to Ellison and the other AGs, such provisions constitute an “abusive practice,” especially with respect to “low wage” employees. In their opinion, such provisions

What is the deal with tipping in Minnesota? Although there are many legal considerations which must be taken into account when running a service business where customers tip your employees, there is one cardinal sin that comes up the most in service-industry conversations and can get businesses in big trouble: tip-sharing. There are many cautionary

Whether a business’s employees are represented by a union or not, all employers should be concerned about the pending Protecting the Right to Organize Act (“PRO Act”) being considered by Congress.  If enacted, the PRO Act will alter fundamental principles of labor law and significantly prejudice the rights of employers. Supporters of the PRO Act

For several years, employers have been uncertain whether discrimination based upon sexual orientation is illegal under federal law.  Although many states, including Minnesota, have enacted laws prohibiting such discrimination by employers located within their jurisdiction, many have not, leaving federal law as the only source for potential protection in such states. In three cases argued