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Grant Collins is an MSBA-certified specialist in both traditional labor law and employment law.

Grant’s traditional labor practice involves preparing for and serving as chief-spokesperson for collective bargaining, advising employers on their rights and obligations under collective bargaining agreements and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and representing employers in grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board. Grant advises clients on contingency planning in both the strike context and lockout context, including preparing for potential picket-line misconduct, sympathy strikes, and residential picketing. Grant also serves as outside labor counsel for construction trade groups, including the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) and the Finishing Contractors Association (FAC International).

On the employment side, Grant advises and represents employers in matters involving all areas of employment law, including: discrimination, ADA accommodations, FMLA leave, paid leave, FLSA and state wage and hour compliance, and the new phenomenon of local employment law ordinances.

Grant serves as the co-editor of the authoritative treatise Minnesota Practice: Employment Law & Practice (4th ed. 2020). Grant stays current on labor and employment law by serving as co-editor of the Minnesota Employment Law Report, an up-to-the-minute blog on the latest developments in labor and employment law in Minnesota and throughout the country.


Practice Areas

  • Labor Law
    • NLRB Representation Cases, Unit Clarification Cases, and Unfair Labor Practice Cases
    • Labor Arbitration
    • Strikes and Lockouts
    • Contract Interpretation
    • Labor Litigation
  • Employment Law
    • Wage & Hour Compliance
    • Higher Education Employee Relations
    • Public Employer Employee Relations
    • FMLA and Leave
  • Employment Litigation
    • Hybrid Class/Collective Actions
    • Employment Discrimination
    • EEOC Charge Responses

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • MSBA Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist©
  • Named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers ® 2017-2021


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Representative Work

  • Minnesota Nurses Association (Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato), 18-CB-251172 & 18-CB-250952 (Region 18, 2020): Prosecute ULP charges against the union for failing to bargain in good faith by insisting on the presence of “observers” during bargaining sessions.
  • Amazon.com, Inc., 18-CA-244295 (Region 18, 2019): Successfully defend ULP charge alleging a violation of Section 8(a)(3). Defend employment actions based on the NLRB’s decisions in Wright Line, 251 NLRB 1083 (1980), Boeing Co., 365 NLRB No. 154 (2017), and Walmart Stores, Inc., 368 NLRB No. 24 (July 25, 2019).
  • USW v. Essentia Health, 17-cv-04753 (D. Minn. Oct. 20, 2017): Successfully defend TRO motion brought by the union to prevent the employer from implementing a mandatory flu vaccination policy. Subsequently obtain complete dismissal of the union’s grievance in arbitration.
  • Liles v. C.S. McCrossan, Inc., 851 F.3d 810 (8th Cir. 2017): Obtain complete dismissal of former employee’s sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliation claims at summary judgment. Decision affirmed by the Eighth Circuit.
  • CenterPoint Energy v. Gas Workers Union, Local No. 340, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6382 (D. Minn. Jan. 17, 2017): Successfully vacate labor arbitration award at the district court, although reversed on appeal by the Eighth Circuit.
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview-Riverside, 18-RC-188035 (Region 18, 2017): Successfully defeat RC petition by establishing that the union’s proposed unit must include all unrepresented “technical employees” under the NLRB’s Healthcare Rule (29 C.F.R. Part 103).

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2010
  • Wisconsin, 2017

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Secretary Treasurer, MSBA Labor & Employment Law Council
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, magna cum laude;  core concentration in Labor and Employment Law, 2009
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, with distinction, Political Science, Legal Studies, 2005, Phi Beta Kappa

Articles

  • 17 Stephen F. Befort, Howard Bolter, Grant T. Collins, Penelope J. Phillips, Minnesota Practice: Employment Law & Practice (4th ed. 2020).
  • Grant T. Collins, Animals in the Workplace: Knowing the Rules, Minnesota Lawyer (Oct. 17, 2018).
  • Grant T. Collins, Answering the Toughest Paid-Sick Leave Questions in the Twin Cities, Employment Law Handbook (Minnesota CLE, 2018).
  • Grant T. Collins & Penelope J. Phillips, Interplay with Other Laws and with Company Policies, The FMLA Handbook (Minnesota CLE, 2016).
  • Grant T. Collins & Penelope J. Phillips, The ADA after 25 Years: Two Steps Forward, One Step Behind, Minnesota Lawyer (March 19, 2015).
  • Grant T. Collins & Penelope J. Phillips, Overview of Reasonable Accommodation and the Shifting Emphasis from Who Is Disabled to Who Can Work, 34 Hamline L. Rev. 469 (2011).

Presentations

  • Managing Intermittent Leave in a Post-COVID Workplace, Minnesota CLE (May 2021).
  • When Can the Employer Seek a Medical Exam or an Exam for Fitness for Duty?, Minnesota CLE (May 2021).
  • Navigating the New Normal – Legal Update, Healthcare Human Resources Association of Minnesota (May 2021).
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout and Mandatory Vaccine Policies, Felhaber Larson’s COVID-19 Update (April 2021).
  • Drafting and Updating Your Paid and Unpaid Leave Policies – In an Era of Overlapping Laws Governing Leave, Including the FMLA, ADA, and State and Local Laws, Minnesota CLE (Oct. 2020).
  • Leave Law Case Studies – Including Chronic Absenteeism, Intermittent Leave, FFCRA and Other COVID Leaves, and More, Minnesota CLE (Sept. 2020).
  • What Can Blur the Lines and Create an Unintended “Employee” Relationship – It May Surprise You!, Minnesota CLE (Sept. 2020).
  • Child Neurology Foundation (Steering Committee)
  • MAP for Nonprofits (Volunteer)

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