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Fallout from the Wells Fargo sham account fraud continues. The scandal, which broke last fall, recently cost four senior bank executives their jobs.
Here’s a cautionary tale for employers tempted to create a “make work” accommodation designed to drive a disabled worker to quit. Courts are likely to take a dim view of such a cynical strategy.
To protect the public from unlawful conduct, whistleblower laws make it illegal to retaliate against employees who complain to public agencies about employer actions that endanger the public or break the law.
A federal court has concluded that Minnesota’s sex discrimination laws include gender identity as a protected status.
Ignoring a request for accommodations may give the employee grounds for a lawsuit, even if it turns out that an accommodation wasn’t required.
With the nomination of Alexander Acosta to head the Department of Labor, the race is on to figure out where he stands on issues important to employers.
Employers that don’t respond to a former employee’s lawsuit are making a big mistake—even if they truly believe the lawsuit has no merit.
Only 10.7% of U.S. workers are now members of labor unions.
A coalition of business groups is appealing a federal court’s decision to uphold the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule, which requires retirement fund brokers to act solely in their clients’ best interests when recommending investments.
Q. With Valentine’s Day around the corner and love in the air, I think it would be an opportune time to convince our employee to take her husband’s last name.
If an agreement includes specific disciplinary provisions, it’s up to an arbitrator to determine if an employee violated the rules. But if the agreement spells out the punishment, the arbitrator is not free to modify the penalty.
The fate of the Department of Labor’s long-delayed new overtime pay rules will not be known for several more weeks. That doesn’t bode well for their eventual enactment.
Summit Brewing in St. Paul is suing its former vice president of sales for providing trade secrets to a direct competitor.

If you advertise job openings and someone does not apply, they’re going to have a hard time proving that you discriminated against them.

A federal appeals court has decided ADA disability discrimination claims can continue even though the employee has died.
All the math adds up to one conclusion: Employers better get their pay systems right.
An employer has learned the hard way that taking draconian action against an employee who might have filed false harassment charges usually isn’t a good idea.
Retaliation passed race discrimination as the most common EEOC charge in 2009.
If you use arbitration agreements to resolve workplace disputes, make sure you can prove that the employee actually agreed to the terms.
Employees who claim their employers discriminated against them must be able to prove that they suffered some sort of action that was “adverse,” not merely uncomfortable, inconvenient or even unfair.
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