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Minnesota enacts landmark legislation that leads the nation in promoting workplace fairness

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz recently executed comprehensive and progressive reforms to labor & employment law passed by the Minnesota Legislature during the 2023 legislative session. This transformative legislation, SF3035, enacts numerous and im… Read More

Legislative fix of Minnesota’s whistleblower law continues to have a positive impact

The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently rendered an important whistleblower ruling. In that case, Moore v. City of New Brighton, the Court reversed summary judgment for the employer and remanded the whistleblowing claims to the district court for tri… Read More

Minnesota Supreme Court overrules itself to declare that workers compensation law no longer bars civil rights claims in the workplace

In Daniel v. City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed course and rejected the legal standard established 30 years ago under employment law in Karst v. F.C. Hayer Co., 447 N.W.2d 180 (Minn. 1989). Before Daniel, and for the past 3 dec… Read More

New overtime rule benefits millions of employees

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor announced formal adoption of the updated rule regarding overtime pay. This important development in employment law automatically extends pay protections to several million workers within the next… Read More

Defendant gamesmanship curtailed in employment, civil rights, and consumer protection cases

Contrary to its typical approach in recent years, the Supreme Court ruled in a way that enhances enforcement activity in employment, civil rights, and consumer protection cases. Until this Supreme Court decision, in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, defen… Read More

The legal landscape for whistleblowers

The Minnesota Legislature recently amended Minnesota’s whistleblower law to revise the statutory definitions of “good faith,” “penalize,” and “report” and, consequently, to extend the reach of the law. To that end, the whistleblower law… Read More

Converging efforts to shut down the corporate shell game

As the economy has become more globalized and volatile, a growing number of companies have sought to minimize liabilities while maximizing profits by using the corporate form to create supposed separation between closely related entities. This “sep… Read More

The right to overtime pay to be significantly extended

The law recognizes several exceptions to the overtime pay requirement under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 201, et seq., (“FLSA”): the Executive, Administrative, Professional, Computer, and Outside Sales exemptions. In other words,… Read More

Chicago agrees to pay millions to victims of police torture

The Chicago City Council unanimously voted in favor of paying $5.5 million in reparations to numerous citizens who suffered torture at the hands of certain members of the Chicago Police Department. The torture tactics reportedly used by the notorious… Read More

$14 million victory for 5 plaintiffs in landmark labor trafficking case

A Federal jury in New Orleans returned a verdict in the first of numerous labor trafficking cases against a global construction company with major operations in the United States, Signal International, Inc., and several co-defendants. The jury awarde… Read More