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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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06
May
2020

Support for unions and other employee collective action surges as key corporations put profits over people during the pandemic

Amazon workers, Walmart employees, Fedex drivers, Kroger grocery store workers, Instacart shoppers, Uber drivers, and other employees – many of whom have been designated as “essential workers” – are reportedly not being treated as the heroes… Read More
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01
April
2020

Pandemic highlights the need for universal paid sick and family leave as well as a healthcare system that works for everyone

With the Trump Administration slow to recognize the seriousness of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), also known as SARS II – and even to make tests available to identify people potentially infected with the highly contagious disease – State-level offic… Read More
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16
March
2020

Trump administration continues to eliminate work protections – but advocates for workplace fairness fight back

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) once again and recently changed its standard to favor employers over employees. Specifically, the NLRB adopted a new rule to make it more difficult to prove that affiliated companies share culpability f… Read More
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01
February
2020

Minnesota Supreme Court rejects corporate attacks against local wage laws

In a landmark case, Graco, Inc. v. City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Supreme Court recently rendered a nationally significant decision that affirms the importance of progressive action at the local level. Notably, Republican-appointed Chief Justice… Read More
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01
January
2020

Employers restrict nearly 1/3 of private-sector employees’ freedom to change jobs

According to a report recently issued by the Economic Policy Institute, at least 36 million employees in the private sector have been compelled to sign purported non-compete agreements that limit where those employees can work after their employment… Read More
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26
December
2019

2019 was a good year for large corporations, but not so much for employees

The year began with the impact of the Trump Administration’s tax “reform” becoming clear. This legislation has amounted to one of the largest redistributions of wealth in the country’s history, giving a windfall to large corporations and extr… Read More
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01
November
2019

As workplace unfairness and economic inequality increase, union support surges

Although the field for the Democratic Party nomination remains large and includes a number of so-called centrist candidates, the field almost uniformly supports progressive policies to address the unfairness and inequality intensifying with each pass… Read More
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21
October
2019

Unions leading the way for progressive change to benefit the proverbial 99%

The current strike of both Chicago public school teachers and staff illustrates a growing trend across the nation. In particular, and despite employer attempts to frame contract negotiations as only about wage increases for union members, unions are… Read More
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