The HR Specialist: Minnesota Employment Law

St. Paul’s city council has unanimously approved the Earned Safe and Sick Time ordinance granting more than a week of paid sick leave to all employees in the city. The ordinance takes effect on July 1, 2017.

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The Montevideo, Minn. School District has settled an equal pay discrimination suit with the EEOC for $50,000.

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Q. We have a policy that does not allow employees to use their cellphones when driving for work, but what about GPS? Many employees say that they cannot safely get to a location without using the GPS functions built into their phones.

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Q. We are working on updating our job descriptions for our production employees. Are there any legal considerations we should take into account? We do not have any job descriptions for our office employees. It is hard because those jobs change so much. Is this a problem?

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Many companies provide fun employee outings to boost morale or show gratitude to their workforce. But what if an employee gets hurt during one of these events?

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Employees who elect to continue their health insurance coverage after a work separation get to maintain that coverage even if the employer switches plans.

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Some positions aren’t covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act because they are specifically excluded and covered by other laws – for example, the Motor Carrier Act.

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Workers don’t give up their First Amendment rights when they take a government job. But that doesn’t mean that they can say anything, anywhere.

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Under Minnesota’s unemployment compensation rules, an employee’s single incident of misconduct can be grounds for discharge—and can keep the employee from collecting benefits if it was a serious violation.

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The National Labor Relations Board, which enforces the National Labor Relations Act, has issued an order telling a Minnesota employer to hold a “talk” with employees about their rights to unionize.

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