Employment News

Mar 16, 2021

COBRA Gets Fangs, For Now: Special COBRA Benefits Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

If you lost your job or were laid off after November 1, 2019, and you received notice of your right to continued healthcare benefits under COBRA, then you may be eligible for valuable benefits under the American Rescue Plan Act.

Typically, when you elect COBRA health coverage, you must pay all premiums, including both the employer’s and the employee’s share. But under the American Rescue Plan Act, there will be a brief period—from April 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021—when you don’t have to pay COBRA premiums at all.

Employment News

Feb 23, 2021

Am I Entitled to PTO When I Leave My Job?

Many employers offer paid time off [PTO] as a benefit of employment. These benefits come in various forms, such as, weeks of vacation per year of service or earned or accrued PTO based on hours of work during a set period of time. When we quit or are terminated, we are generally not entitled to PTO as a payout when we leave the company. In other words, there is no Minnesota law requiring an employer to pay out PTO time when we leave employment.

Employment News

Feb 04, 2021

What’s the Difference Between a Non-Compete Clause and a Non-Solicitation Clause?

Many employment agreements place restrictions on what you can do after your employment ends. Sometimes employers and employees mistakenly call all post-employment restrictions “non-competes.” But some restrictions can be non-competes and others may not be. If you’re considering whether to sign an employment agreement, or if you want to know what the terms in your employment agreement mean, it’s important to know the difference.

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 . . .