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The HR Specialist: Minnesota Employment Law

A Minnesota appeals court has reinstated a Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act claim against a state university.

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The FMLA doesn’t cover minor illnesses, and employers are free to punish employees who miss work because of them. However, employers do have an obligation to investigate further if the employee reports she received medical treatment and followed call-off rules.

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If you’re like most employers, you want to control who works overtime and when they do it. You no doubt have a sternly worded policy addressing the issue in your handbook. But a strong policy is only half the battle.

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Occasionally, it may become clear that a whistleblower needs to be fired for reasons entirely unrelated to his protected activity. That requires careful thought, because the employee may claim that his termination was retaliation.

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If you learn a key employee is job hunting, you might be tempted to try to persuade him to stay. Be careful what you say. Asking the worker to stop looking and making even vague promises of continued employment may backfire if you have to terminate the employee later.

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Q. An employee just came into HR demanding that we provide her with unlimited breaks for expressing milk. Is this true? She said she read it at the Minnesota Department of Labor website.

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When the EEOC dismisses a former employee’s complaint and then notifies you that it has issued a right-to-sue letter, be sure to note the employee’s deadline for filing a federal lawsuit. She has just 90 days to do so.

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A retirement community for University of Minnesota employees is abuzz with rumors after a senior executive vanished after he was fired in the wake of a criminal investigation.

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Former workers at the UPS facility in Mendota Heights, Minn., are suing the shipping giant and the staffing agency that placed them there, claiming supervisors fired Muslim employees who took prayer breaks.

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A St. Paul man who once worked as the controller of an insurance company is headed to prison following his conviction for a 20-year scheme to embezzle more than $1.2 million from his former employer.

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