• November 26, 2023Employment & Human Resources

    Minnesota Law Changes in 2023 that All Employers Should Know

    Legislation impacting all workplaces throughout the state and beyond was passed during Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session. This article highlights three employment law changes with widespread impact that all employers should know but may not have seen in the 279-page Minnesota labor omnibus bill Governor Tim Walz signed on May 16, 2023. Minnesota Noncompete Ban The...
  • November 10, 2023Business & Corporate LawEmployment & Human Resources

    Minnesota’s Upcoming Paid Family and Medical Leave

    Minnesota continues to expand leave benefits for employees caring for themselves and family members. With the passage of earned sick and safe time and the increased eligibility for pregnancy and parenting leave, Minnesota created a paid family and medical leave (“MNFML”) benefits program. This article highlights quick facts about MNFML. Beginning January 1, 2026, MNFML...
  • June 15, 2023Labor & EmploymentEmployment & Human Resources

    An Employee’s Use of FMLA Leave to Reduce the Workday Could Continue Indefinitely

    On February 9, 2023, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (WHD) issued Opinion Letter FMLA2023-1-A clarifying an employee’s right to use leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to reduce the employee’s work schedule. The right is guaranteed for eligible employees, irrespective of the availability of reasonable accommodations...
    May 10, 2023Employment & Human Resources

    Employment Laws and Proposed Legislation Minnesota Employers Should Review in 2023

    Minnesota’s CROWN Act—Enacted Minnesota’s Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act amended the definition of “race” under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). Race, as a protected class under the MRHA, is now “inclusive of traits associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and hair styles such as...
  • Interview Do’s and Don’ts for Employers
    December 30, 2022General Counsel ServicesLabor & Employment+1

    Interview Do’s and Don’ts for Employers

    There are many areas of a job applicant’s life that a person may be curious about, but an employer should steer clear of. This article identifies some of the questions employers should avoid (Interview Don’ts) and things employers you should remember and do when interviewing applicants. Interview Don’ts: Don’t ask questions about membership in protected...
    May 10, 2022Labor & EmploymentEmployment & Human Resources

    An Employers Obligation To Reasonably Accommodate Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

    On March 1, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated guidance regarding reasonable accommodations for sincerely held religious beliefs. This update answers important questions raised by employers following the publication of federal and state COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration emergency temporary standard, which Minnesota adopted but has...
  • February 11, 2022Business & Corporate LawEmployment & Human Resources

    An Employer’s Obligation to Reasonably Accommodate Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

    Publication of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard had many employers asking: What must we do when an employee asserts a religious exemption? This article provides a brief outline of the private1 employer’s obligations whenever an employee requests a reasonable accommodation for a religious belief, practice, or observance....