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COVID-19, Discrimination, and The Workplace

Quarantine. Social distancing. Lockdowns. Shelter-in-place orders. Stay-at-home orders. Before this year, how many times had you heard any of those terms discussed on a consistent basis? With the global proliferation of the unforgettable coronavirus(COVID-19), 2020 has set the scene for notable compliance changes and challenges for workplaces. Navigating uncertainty and adapting to a new normal… Read more »

How Can We Address and Prevent Workplace Discrimination?

Most employers clearly understand that they are obligated to provide their employees with a workplace that is free of discrimination. While the laws regarding discrimination may not be as simple as some other laws, employers can promptly implement important protocols and protections to avoid discriminatory practices. Practices and Protections Many companies have a system or… Read more »

October Marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Employers, schools, and organizations of any size are always encouraged to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This campaign is nationally recognized, and it is a campaign that is used to raise awareness about common and uncommon disability employment issues that many people face on a daily basis. This month is also used to… Read more »

Minnesota Employment Law: Wrongful Termination

When one loses a job for any reason, it can leave one feeling frustrated and dejected after going through this experience. It does not matter if one found out about the termination through a letter or if there was a conversation in an office, no one likes to be fired. There will be times when… Read more »

Where Bad Checks Go from a Financial Mistake to a Felony Crime

Writing bad checks can absolutely rise from a misdemeanor to a felony. And for anyone still using checkbooks, it’s vital to know where that line is and when you might need a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney on your side. With the rise of online and mobile banking, we have to admit that checks are falling… Read more »

How Will The Recent Supreme Court Decisions Impact Employment Law?

Several cases have been decided by the Supreme Court this year, and many of those cases have had an impact on the rights of employees. A few months ago, we talked about the rights and employment protections for LGBTQ employees. There have been several Supreme Court decisions that have impacted the rights of employees of religious organizations…. Read more »

Arrested in Minnesota for a DWI? A DWI Lawyer Can Help You

Every state does not use the same terminology for driving while intoxicated. Generally, people are familiar with the term DUI(driving under the influence). In Minnesota, there is technically no DUI charge. Instead, Minnesota has a DWI(driving while intoxicated). Can the terminology of DUI and DWI be interchangeable? Yes. A DUI and a DWI are very… Read more »

Disability Awareness In The Workplace: What Should You Know?

This year marks not only the 30th anniversary of the ADA(Americans with Disabilities Act), but also the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month(NDEAM). National Disability Awareness Month is celebrated every year in the month of October. The observance originally began in 1945, and it was established by Harry S. Truman under a different name, “National… Read more »

30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been an essential piece of civil rights legislation since it was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The American with Disabilities Act helps prevent discrimination on the basis of one or more disabilities. What does this mean for people who have disabilities? This means that anyone who has… Read more »

Minnesota Employment Law: Challenges During Coronavirus Pandemic

Figures from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) show that Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.1% during the period that included March 12, 2020.  One week later on March 17, 2020, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reported that the Minnesota Unemployment Office was receiving 2,000 applications per hour. Overnight, we’ve gone from a thriving, robust… Read more »