Minnesota employers who conduct pre-employment drug testing or drug testing of current employees are familiar with the protections for employees who are enrolled in the Department of Health Patient Registry Program for medical marijuana.  An employer cannot discriminate against a person enrolled on the Patient Registry in hiring, termination or any term or condition of

Last week, I wrote a blog post predicting that President Biden may be requiring project labor agreements (PLAs) on projects funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Acts, effective November 15, 2021 (link here).  That prediction has now become reality.

On Friday, February 4, 2022, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14063 (EO

Most of our readers are aware that on November 9, 2021, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring covered employers (employers with 100 or more employees) to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  The ETS allows employers to decide whether to adopt weekly COVID-19 testing and mask mandates in lieu of vaccinations.  On

Update 11/8/21 –  On Saturday, a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana issued a  stay of enforcement of the OSHA rule mandating vaccines for employees of large businesses. The ruling blocks the OSHA rule as outlined below. We are following the situation and will keep you updated.  

During President Biden’s campaign, he described himself as a “union man.”  We are nearing the first 100 days of President Biden’s presidency, and his appointments to the NLRB and the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) are consistent with that description.  He has been appointing pro-union representatives including current or former state and federal officials who

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, many employers are navigating the best path forward for their business to ensure we keep our communities healthy while also protecting against potential litigation.  Employers and employees are asking many questions about their rights and thoughtful comprehensive planning and policies are necessary.  Employers have questions about whether they are

On March 11, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”).  Among other provisions, the ARP makes COBRA coverage more affordable by subsidizing 100% of the COBRA premiums during the period beginning April 1, 2021, until September 30, 2021, for an employee or dependent who is a COBRA “qualified

Change in the political party of an administration can be expected to impact the development and interpretation of federal law and regulation.  This is particularly true in the transition between former President Trump’s administration and that of President Joseph R. Biden.

President Biden has only been the President for two weeks, yet he has already

The City of Minneapolis determined that many freelance workers (independent contractors) need legal and economic protections since they are not covered by employment laws.  The City, therefore, enacted the Minneapolis Freelance Worker Protections Ordinance (the “Ordinance”).  This Ordinance, effective January 1, 2021, requires companies to enter into written agreements with most freelance workers.

The Ordinance

After much hand wringing, negotiation and name-calling, Congress has passed its second COVID-19 stimulus package, which was signed by President Trump on Sunday, December 27, 2020. For months, clients have been asking whether the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) will be renewed or whether it will expire on December 31. We now have the