Employment Law

Overtime Claims Persist for Minnesota Employees

Unpaid overtime remains a problem for many Minnesota employees. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires many employers to pay overtime wages to employees for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours per work week. Minnesota law requires employers to pay overtime wages to employees in excess of 48 hours per workweek. Overtime wages are mandatory and any agreement or policy to not pay overtime is invalid. Even if an employer doesn’t “approve” overtime, it must pay an employee overtime wages if the employee actually worked more than 40 hours in a work week.

Legislation to Protect Minnesota Women and Caregivers

“Caregiver discrimination” is a developing area in employment law and concerns legal protections for employees with family responsibilities. There is a growing need to protect the number of workers who are discriminated against for caregiving. This area of law is increasingly important, as caregiving discrimination cases are on the rise in Minnesota and nationwide.

Tip Sharing, Pooling and Credits: Employee Rights in Minnesota

Service employees, including wait staff, bartenders and other staff are often at the whims of their employers when it comes to tipping policies. In a competitive job market, many employees may not fully understand their rights or be afraid to stand up to employers when they are forced to turn over tips.

Background Checks: Is Your Employer in Compliance?

Whether you are applying for a new position or are under review as an existing employee, you may wonder about how your credit history or background check may impact your employment. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers must follow a very specific protocol to ensure compliance and to protect your rights as a part of the job application background check process.

Workplace Social Media and Electronic Privacy Rights

Employers provide a number of reasons for monitoring the online activities of their employees. Some argue that they are protecting trade secrets, minimizing liabilities, and ensuring compliance with company regulations. Regardless of why an employer chooses to monitor online activities or access personal accounts, employees do have rights.

Unpaid Interns Bring Successful Class Actions

Hired interns do have legal rights and have been successful in bringing wage claims as well as other employment claims. Current employer-intern relationships must follow the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA).

NLRB Legal Action Against Walmart

Nationwide, employee supporters, unions and activists are fighting to stop Walmart from violating labor laws through intimidation, threats, and abuse. The NLRB’s actions should encourage more employees to speak out to improve pay and working conditions.

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.