Thursday, September 24, 2015

Is There a Union Flying Under Your Radar?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to aggressively advance its agenda of making it easier for unions to organize new groups of workers. Just last month the Board set a new legal test for when two separate organizations should be considered “joint employers” for union-related purposes, including liability for unfair labor practices and responsibility for bargaining a union contract.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Push Towards Paid Family and Medical Leave Continues

As anticipated, President Barack Obama celebrated Labor Day by issuing an executive order mandating that federal contractors provide paid sick leave to their employees. The executive order requires that federal contractors and subcontractors provide their employees up to seven days of paid leave per year for themselves, to care for a sick family member, or to address domestic violence and stalking situations.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Keeping Work Safe

Nearly every employer has dealt with a difficult employee, a tense termination, or a particularly serious workplace conflict. In the wake of a tragic event like the recent Roanoke news station shooting, many employers are looking for better ways to handle employee conflicts and protect employees. According to OSHA statistics, each year nearly two million Americans report being victims of workplace violence (which includes physical violence, threats, harassment, and abuse). While no policy, procedure, or safety measure can guarantee security, employer policies and procedures are the first step to creating a safe working environment. Therefore, it is important for employers to periodically review safety practices.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Court Rules that Minnesota Non-Competition Agreements Must Expressly Reference Consideration

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has made it a bit tougher to enforce certain non-competition agreements, but, with careful drafting, employers can safeguard themselves against the Court's ruling. In J.A.B., Inc. v. Naegle, 867 N.W.2d 254 (Minn. Ct. App. 2015), the Court of Appeals held that a two-year non-solicitation agreement that did not expressly recite the legal consideration for the agreement was unenforceable in light of Minnesota’s statute of frauds, set forth at Minn. Stat. §513.01.