Employment News

Jan 26, 2021

What are Minnesota Employees’ COVID Leave Rights Now that the FFCRA Expired?

From April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) required private businesses comprised of 500 employees or less and certain public employers to offer employees paid COVID leave or expanded family and medical leave for COVID-19 related reasons. Now that FFCRA has expired what employee rights remain?

Employment News

Jan 05, 2021

Can an Employee Be Terminated for Refusing A COVID-19 Vaccine?

Since the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations have begun distribution across the U.S., employees and employers have been anticipating guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on whether employers can require employees to be vaccinated.

Employment News

Oct 20, 2020

Flowers Foods and Franklin Baking Co. Class Action Settlement

October 20, 2020

Current and former Franklin Baking Co., LLC (“Franklin”) distributors have sued Flowers Foods, Inc. and Franklin (collectively “Defendants”) alleging that Defendants misclassified them as independent contractors and violated federal as well as North Carolina wage laws. The Defendants deny those allegations, but have agreed to settle the lawsuit.

Employment News

Aug 25, 2020

Kids Returning to School? Employment Law, COVID-19 & Parents’ Right

The Family and Medical Leave Act allows families to take time off work, without risking their job or health insurance, to care for themselves or a family member. Since the passage of the FMLA, over 200 million Americans have utilized this important benefit.[1] With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, families and workers pushed lawmakers to expand the FMLA, providing more time off for more reasons than the FMLA previously allowed for.

Employment News

Jun 19, 2020

Landmark Victory for LGBTQ Employment Rights Nationwide

This week, the United States Supreme Court ruled conclusively that it is unlawful under federal law for an employer to fire an employee because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. While LGBTQ employees have long been protected under Minnesota law, this is the first time the nation’s top Court ruled on the matter to protect all LGBTQ workers nationwide. In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) it is “unlawful . . .

Employment News

Jun 10, 2020

Flowers Foods and Oxford Bakery Class Action Settlement

NOTICE: THE FINAL APPROVAL HEARING WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCE ON MONDAY, SEPETEMBER 28, 2020 AT 10:00 AM (EDT). PLEASE CONTACT CLASS COUNSEL AT (612) 252-3570 FOR THE VIDEO CONFERENCE INFORMATION.

Employment News

May 14, 2020

Minnesota Eases Stay-at-Home Restrictions, Ensures Workplace Safety Protections

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a series of executive orders designed to ease coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions, open more Minnesota non-critical businesses, and protect workers from unsafe working conditions and from retaliation for reporting such conditions. If you are being forced to work in an unhealthy or unsafe work environment, or you are facing discrimination or retaliation for reporting unsafe working conditions, contact our Minnesota employment attorneys to understand your rights.

Employment News

May 07, 2020

Wrongful Termination and Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Minnesota

Despite the gravity of the coronavirus outbreak and the need for businesses to quickly adjust, employees maintain their rights and protections against wrongful termination. Unfortunately, members of protected classes, including Asian-Americans, individuals with disabilities, and others have been unfairly targeted as a result of the coronavirus and need legal protections and support.