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John Hauge represents public and private sector clients in a wide range of labor and employment matters, providing advice and counsel on issues, including: collective bargaining, contract administration, reductions-in-force and plant closing, employment discrimination claims, non-compete disputes, occupational safety and health citations, substance abuse testing issues, and wage and hour issues. John serves a broad scope of industries, including health care, hospitality, education, extrusion and fabrication, construction, manufacturing, and wholesale and retail food distribution.

John takes pride in helping clients achieve their business objectives efficiently and without disruption or unnecessary cost. Consistent with that philosophy, John works with clients to develop manager and employee training modules to reinforce policies and practices. In his management-side labor practice, John helps clients institute best practices to avoid union incursion, and to administer their contracts in a fair and consistent manner.


Practice Areas

  • Traditional Labor Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Advice and Counsel

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 1999

Professional Certifications, Awards and Designations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, 1999
  • M.A.I.R., University of Minnesota, 1999
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1998
  • B.A., Carleton College, 1989



Representative Work

  • Successfully defended skilled nursing facility in NLRB litigation involving multiple unfair labor practice charges, including favorable trial verdict
  • Negotiated substantial labor cost reductions for a struggling long-time union employer in hospitality industry, and subsequently advised client through successful union decertification proceeding
  • Helped a unionized healthcare client develop a bargaining strategy and achieve substantial labor cost reductions through successful collective bargaining of multiple contracts
  • Obtained a jury verdict of $1.1 million in a complex shareholder freeze-out case involving a multi-national corporate entity
  • Defended a client against claims of discrimination, retaliation, defamation and breach of contract in federal court action, achieving dismissal of claims on summary judgment
  • Defended a client in negligence action arising from alleged assault on vehicle controlled by client, winning dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims on summary judgment
  • Negotiated exit from defined benefit pension plan in collective bargaining for client in extrusion and fabrication industry, saving the employer several $100,000s in future contributions to a risky union pension fund
  • Represented a union contractor in potentially catastrophic ERISA litigation, ending with negotiation of favorable settlement that allowed the employer to continue business operations
  • Defended union contractor against ERISA claims, culminating in the negotiation of a settlement for less than 40% of claimed damages
  • Utilized a novel legal theory to attain dismissal of ULP claims against a non-union security company arising from its refusal to allow employees to wear union buttons on their work uniforms
  • Represented an employer in OSHA administrative action involving an employee fatality, with client completely exonerated of any liability

Presentations

  • Delivered lecture to Occupational Health and Safety International Practice Group on U.S. OSHA law and procedure, Ius Laboris, International Congress (Barcelona), May 14, 2014
  • “OSHA Best Practices for the Lodging Industry,” presented to members of the Minnesota Lodging Association at the MLA’s “Protecting Your Property” Workshop, February 6, 2014
  • “Increased OSHA Enforcement,” Best Western seminar, July 16, 2013
  • “Where Do We Keep The Shredder? The Ethical Obligations of In-House Counsel in Regards to Record Retention,” Minnesota ACC Employment Law Seminar, May 8, 2013
  • “OSHA Compliance for Medical Professionals,” Association of Dermatology Administrators and Managers 21st Annual Meeting, February 27, 2013
  • “Ask the Attorneys: Your HR Questions Answered,” KPA webinar, January 10, 2013

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