The HR Specialist: Minnesota Employment Law

Less than four months after adopting a paid leave policy, Minneapolis has amended it to conform more closely with St. Paul’s paid leave statute.

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When an employee requests leave for family care, medical, parenting or military emergencies, the first thing an employer should do is to determine if the leave qualifies as time off under the FMLA.

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One of the first women to be promoted to captain in the Minneapolis Fire Department has filed suit claiming her former superior, also a captain, sexually harassed her.

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Labor organizers claim they have named McDonald’s Corp. as a defendant in a series of sexual harassment complaints.

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Generally, truck drivers who engage in interstate commerce are covered by the Motor Carrier Act rather than the Fair Labor Standards Act as far as compensation and working conditions are concerned.

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If an employee engages in violent behavior and is fired, she isn’t entitled to unemployment compensation benefits.

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It can be uncomfortable to criticize a subordinate’s performance. As a result, some supervisors resort to writing generic, positive performance reviews. But that can come back to haunt the employer later.

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When determining which positions should be eliminated during a reduction in force or reorganization, sometimes supervisors and managers will look at the ages of those likely affected. All by itself, that’s not evidence of age discrimination.

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Of course you should always strive to follow your internal policies and procedures to the letter. That doesn’t mean you need to panic if you discover that someone unintentionally deviated from your standard practice.

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When a fired employee sues you, winning often depends on careful documentation that demonstrates how her performance did not meet your standards.

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