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19
March
2021

Build back better with passage of the PRO Act

Although a Gallup poll in 2020 confirmed that 65% of people in the country favor union representation, only 10% of people actually have union representation. This gap between the preference of, and reality for, employees underscores the lack of workp… Read More
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19
February
2021

Minnesota Supreme Court bolsters contract claims for employees

Following several important decisions reinforcing and even expanding employee rights, the Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled for employees in another nationally significant case. The decision in Hall v. City of Plainview has extended the legal do… Read More
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11
January
2021

Historic Georgia wins have immediate and important consequences for workplace protections

Despite racially charged attacks against them by the Republican incumbents’ and their allies, Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff reportedly became the first African American and Jew, respectively, to represent Georgia in the history of the Uni… Read More
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21
December
2020

Ongoing congressional obstruction makes federal agency action and state leadership essential

Congress, particularly the Senate, has continued to distinguish itself through its ongoing failure to address the escalating needs of working people. Consequently, the incoming Biden Administration needs to act swiftly and boldly to counteract the si… Read More
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01
November
2020

DOL’s political leadership continues to impede enforcement and undermine agency credibility

The head of the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”), who is the son of former United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has pushed the agency in a decidedly different direction since being appointed Secretary of Labor. Under Secre… Read More
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03
October
2020

Election update

Federal and State elections will be held in exactly 1 month, and early voting has already begun in many places. It cannot be overstated how important the upcoming elections are for the nation and, indeed, the world. Without question, the outcome will… Read More
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05
September
2020

State attorneys general step up and expand enforcement efforts

In multiple ways since January 2017, as has been discussed here previously, the politically appointed leadership at the United States Department of Labor, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board,… Read More
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01
August
2020

The Minnesota Supreme Court expands civil rights protections in 2 additional rulings

In Fletcher Properties, Inc. v. City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that an anti-discrimination ordinance adopted by Minneapolis does not violate either the equal protection or due process provisions of the Minnesota Constitution.… Read More
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01
July
2020

The United States and Minnesota Supreme Courts issue landmark decisions favoring employees and promoting the public interest

In Bostock v. Clayton County, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the main Federal civil rights statute governing the workplace, Title VII, makes it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The United States Supr… Read More
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10
June
2020

Minnesota Supreme Court updates harassment law in the context of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements

In a unanimous decision that has reverberations across the nation, the Minnesota Supreme Court recently clarified the legal standards for, and the analysis of, harassment claims. In that case, Kenneh v. Homeward Bound, Inc., the Minnesota Supreme Cou… Read More
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