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Court Rules in Favor of Employee who Lost Childcare

Max Tub.jpgAny parent of young children in Minnesota can tell horror stories about how difficult it is to find childcare. The shortage of childcare here has reached crisis levels (see Minnesota's 'quiet crisis' in child care: 'There's not a silver bullet', St. Cloud Times, April 13, 2018; Child care shortage reaching 'crisis' levels, Business North, Aug. 9, 2018). Often, the crisis impacts the parents' availability to work, which in turn impacts their ability to support their families. Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals gave those parents some help by ruling in favor of a mother who quit her job because she lost childcare.

USERRA Reemployment Rights Stressed by Court of Appeals


20100722-5194[2].jpgAll U.S. employers must be mindful of their uniformed service members' reemployment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA"). That's the lesson to be learned from a recent decision by the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Can I Sue for Wrongful Termination?

Wrongful Termination.png"I just got fired! Can I sue for wrongful termination?" I hear that a lot from people who've lost their jobs and want legal advice about their rights. My answer is almost always no because under Minnesota law, there really is no such thing as a legal claim for "wrongful termination." And, "wrongful" does not always equate to "unlawful."

Registration Open for 14th Annual Employment Law Update

Please join us for the 14h Annual West Central Minnesota Employment Law Update at the Alexandria Technical and Community College on Wednesday, June 7, 2017!

Statute of limitations halted during internal dispute resolution process, says Minnesota Supreme Court

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled this week in Peterson v. City of Minneapolis that the one-year statute of limitations set by the Minnesota Human Rights Act ("MHRA") is suspended while the employer and employee voluntarily engage in an employer's internal dispute resolution process. As a result, employees will now in many cases have additional time to pursue claims under the MHRA.

Tick Tock: Appeals Court Opens Door to Stale Discrimination Claims by Broadly Interpreting Statute of Limitations Tolling Clause

Note: Due to the Minnesota Supreme Court's affirmance of the Court of Appeals' decision in Peterson v. City of Minneapolis, this post has been replaced by Statute of limitations halted during internal dispute resolution process, says Minnesota Supreme Court.

New Overtime Rules Could Result in Loss of Exempt Status for Salaried Employees

Note: the DOL's rules have been tempoarily blocked by an injunction issued by a federal judge in Texas. For more information about that case, please see New Overtime Rule BLOCKED by Texas Court.

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