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Mpls. Sick Leave Ordinance Passes Unanimously

  • May 27, 2016
  • New Legislation
  • Dennis J. Merley

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed its much-publicized paid sick and safe leave ordinance, scheduled to take effect in July, 2017. The ordinance is relatively unchanged from the version that we summarized in “Minneapolis Prescribes Mandatory ...

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Employers Get a Break on Fair Credit Reporting Act Cases

  • May 26, 2016
  • Employment Advice
  • Ryan A. Olson

Courts have been jammed in recent years with class action cases alleging that employers have violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when conducting background checks. A recent federal case in Minnesota may however be ...


EEOC Issues Guide on Leaves as ADA Accommodation

  • May 19, 2016
  • Disability Accommodation
  • Meggen E. Lindsay

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued a new Resource Document (“Resource”) to reinforce employers’ obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to provide leave as a reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities. ...

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Overtime Change is Final and Starts December 1

  • May 17, 2016
  • Wage & Hour
  • Penelope J. Phillips

The Department of Labor (DOL) has just announced that effective Dec. 1. 2016, the salary threshold for exempt employment will be $913.00 per week ($47,476 annually).  That’s just a tiny bit more than double the ...

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Minneapolis Prescribes Mandatory Sick Leave

  • May 15, 2016
  • New Legislation
  • Grant T. Collins

The new Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (“the Ordinance”) for the City of Minneapolis goes to a public hearing on May 18 and then a final vote by the City Council on May 27. ...


EEOC Opens the Bathroom Door

  • May 9, 2016
  • EEOC
  • Sara Gullickson McGrane

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just issued a new fact sheet on transgender rights that they hope will flush the discrimination v. privacy debate down the drain. Entitled “Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender ...

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Employee Can’t Skip Flu Vaccine on Religious Grounds

  • May 5, 2016
  • Discrimination
  • Sara Gullickson McGrane

A Massachusetts federal court ruled recently that a hospital worker was not exempt on religious grounds from a mandatory flu immunization requirement for direct patient-care positions. Leontine Robinson, who handled patient intake and registration in the emergency room, ...

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New Overtime Salary Threshold May Be Dropping

  • May 2, 2016
  • Wage & Hour
  • Grant T. Collins

After months of preparing for the new salary threshold for overtime exemption, we hear the threshold may drop a bit and that all of the new exemption changes may now be enacted in a matter of weeks. ...