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MINNEAPOLIS AND ST. PAUL EMPLOYERS: ARE YOU READY TO IMPLEMENT THE SICK AND SAFE TIME ORDINANCES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017?

The Minnesota legislature did not pass a bill to preempt the Minneapolis and St. Paul ordinances resulting in the respective paid sick and safe time ordinances becoming effective on July 1, 2017. Employers should be planning to implement paid sick and safe leave policies and practices.

How to Incorporate Family Values in Your Estate Planning

Baby boomers know money isn't the only important aspect of estate planning.

A 2012 study released by the Allianz Life Insurance, Co. showed baby boomers wanted to leave their family more than just financial assets. Researchers found baby boomers identified family values as some of the most important things to pass down to heirs.

In 2012's economic climate, it's no wonder family values imparted through stories, life lessons, and family possessions were at the top of the list. In an economic downturn, financial inheritances are more tenuous, unlike the abiding worth of family values. Thus, family values, tax-free of course, made the top of the list in importance. 

Lessons To Be Learned For Employees And Employers Alike In Viral Blog Post On Sexual Harassment At Uber

A couple of weeks ago, a blog post by a former female engineer at Uber went viral, caught the company a whole lot of negative press and precipitated an investigation involving former Attorney General Eric Holder.

The post's author, Susan J. Fowler, is an engineer and best-selling author who worked for Uber for about a year. In her post, she writes that when a supervisor propositioned her, she complained to human resources but was told nothing would be done because it was a "first offense." When she persisted in complaining about the way she had been treated, she found herself subjected to negative performance reviews and threatened with termination.

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 Limps Into 2017

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 ("EO"). EO 13673 requires federal contractors and subcontractors bidding on contracts and subcontracts in excess of $500,000 to disclose any violations they have incurred under 14 different federal workplace laws (and their state-law equivalents) in the three years preceding their bid. EO 13673, which has also been referred to as the "Blacklisting" EO, also prohibits arbitration agreements relating to claims of Title VII violations or sexual assault, and requires that certain pay information be given to employees and independent contractors. On August 25, 2016, the Rules implementing the EO were published. Prime contractors had a deadline of October 26, 2016 to comply with those requirements, while subcontractors are to comply starting on October 25, 2017.

Missing Emails? Lessons Learned from Election 2016

This year's presidential campaign has famously included repeated accusations that Hillary Clinton improperly deleted over 30,000 emails from a private server during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/hillary-clinton-deleted-33000-emails-secretary-state/story?id=42389308 Similarly, Donald Trump's companies have been accused of destroying emails in defiance of court orders. http://www.newsweek.com/2016/11/11/donald-trump-companies-destroyed-emails-documents-515120.html These headline-grabbing barbs offer a reminder to those parties who anticipate legal action or are in litigation that document preservation is no laughing matter.

Minnesota "Time Off Work To Vote" Law

vote.jpgThe upcoming elections on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, are almost here. Employees in Minnesota must be given "the time necessary" to get to his or her polling places, cast his or her ballot, and return to work. Employers cannot penalize employees or deduct wages or salary due to the absence for voting. Previously, the law allowed employees eligible to vote paid time off in the morning on Election Day. The current law, amended in 2010, allows employees to go to the polls to vote at any time during the workday, and return to work without reduction in pay. Although employers may request that employees give notice of their absence in advance, the law implies that the employee may choose the time to go to the polls.

The law also provides that a person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, which obligates county attorneys to prosecute.

Election Excesses Spark Employment Law Curiosity

Drug testing and sexual harassment have found their way into the election for the highest office in the land. Donald Trump has proposed that Hillary Clinton and he each subject themselves to drug testing before Wednesday night's debate to underscore Hillary's being physically unfit for President. Hillary challenges Donald's fitness with a bevy of accusers of Donald Trump's propensity to demean women and allegations he suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. Politics aside, what if these were candidates for private employment, and you were the decision-maker?

Minnesota to Mandate Paid Sick Leave Time for Employees

St. Paul becomes the second city in Minnesota to mandate paid sick leave time for employees. http://www.twincities.com/2016/09/07/st-paul-approves-earned-sick-leave-mandate/. The ordinance, which takes effect July 1, 2017, requires employers to allot their workers an hour of earned sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 80 hours in a two-year period.

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