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October 2014 Archives

Workplace bullying: on the job with Scut Farkus

In the holiday classic A Christmas Story, playground bully Scut Farkus torments Ralphie Parker until Ralphie pummels Scut after one too many snowballs to the face. We cheer for Ralphie because he's the good kid who takes a stand against Scut's relentless bullying. But what happens when Scut gets a job? What is the law on workplace bullying?

Swenson Lervick Named Alexandria City Attorneys

The Alexandria, MN City Council yesterday named the Swenson Lervick Law Firm as the city's attorneys. Swenson Lervick has been serving as the Alexandria City Attorneys continuously since 1976 and is honored to continue doing so.Swenson Lervick will now continue to represent the City with regard to its civil municipal law needs and as the city's prosecutors for crimes committed within the city's jurisdiction. "It's an honor and a privilege to serve the city, and we truly appreciate the City Council's ongoing vote of confidence in us," said City Attorney Tom Jacobson.In addition to serving as the Alexandria City Attorneys, the lawyers at Swenson Lervick provide a wide array of legal services to other clients throughout West Central Minnesota. Those services include real estate and business law, estate planning, probate, employment law, personal injury, family law, insurance defense, creditor’s remedies, mediation and arbitration.

Employment retaliation: the high cost of revenge

Most laws granting rights to employees include anti-retaliation provisions intended to protect the employees who exercise those rights. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is no exception. Buffalo, MN based Izza Bending Tube & Wire and Wells Fargo & Co. recently learned that lesson the expensive way. That is, via costly settlements of EEOC employment retaliation charges.

Disciplining employees for off-duty conduct: why the NFL model does not work in the real world

Imagine that you're an HR director and a security-cam video supposedly depicting one of your key employees knocking out his girlfriend in an elevator ends up on YouTube for the world to see. Or, imagine that one of your key employees is indicted for abusing his son after photos allegedly depicting the boy's wounds from his dad's switch go viral. Imagine further that neither incident occurred on your company's premises or while the employee was on the job.

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