Employment Law

Wage Theft Threatens Low-Income Workers

Wage and hour laws are necessary to ensure that workers are being fairly compensated and that employers are held accountable. A recent study has revealed that many employers are flouting minimum wage laws and failing to pay overtime, costing low-wage workers a significant portion of their paychecks.

Recent Efforts to Raise Minimum Wage

In Minnesota and nationwide, low-income families struggle to make ends meet. More than 15 million workers earn the national minimum wage. If employed full-time, these employees are making only $15,080 a year, a number below the national poverty line for a family of two. Some cities and states have recently bolstered their efforts to raise minimum wage laws to meet today’s economic demands. Advocates for minimum wage hikes argue that real wages (adjusted for inflation) have consistently dropped and that the income divide is only widening.

Privacy Litigation Trending in Minnesota

Whether you are concerned about the future of your privacy or you believe you have suffered a privacy violation, knowing the law and your rights can help protect your personal information and data. Privacy laws may impact your rights concerning private phone conversations, your Internet usage, healthcare, information about your children, consumer data, as well as your credit history.

20th Anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Family Medical Leave Act. This year, the United States Department of Labor is making some important changes in a final rule, which workers and employers should be aware of. Effective Friday March 8, 2013 new regulations will be added to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Most notably, there have been expansions to benefit military families and airline personnel and flight crews.

Minnesota Workers Can Use “Sick Days” to Care for Loved Ones

Employees who accrue “sick days” provided by a Minnesota employer of 21 or more workers are able to use those days to give medical care and support to a child of any age, or a spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent or stepparent, on the same terms upon which the employee is able to use sick leave benefits for the employee’s own illness or injury.

New Protections for Minnesota Whistleblowers

Recently, the Minnesota legislature amended the Minnesota Whistleblower Act (MWA) to provide additional protections to employees. The Minnesota Whistleblower Act (MWA) is aimed at protecting workers who identify and report illegal activity within their company or organization. The MWA prohibits retaliation against any employee who makes a good faith report of illegal activity to the employee’s employer or to any governmental body or law enforcement official. Retaliation may include termination, disciplinary action, threats or otherwise penalizing an employee. New amendments to the law set forth in the 2013 legislative session expand legal protections to whistleblowers and became effective May 25, 2013.

Expanded Legal Protection for Whistleblowers

If you have experienced retaliation in the workplace, contact one of the seasoned Minnesota whistleblower lawyers at Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta. We will work with you directly to help determine the best way to protect your rights and pursue your case.

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