Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holidazed and Confused: Answers to Common Holiday Employment Questions

The holiday season picks up in full swing this week with the celebration of Thanksgiving. Along with the merriment of the holiday season, though, comes a dramatic drop in productivity and a rise in vacations, flu epidemics, religious celebrations, weather contingencies, employee reviews, and holiday party antics. Here are answers to some of the vexing employment law questions that typically become as ubiquitous at this time of year as snowflakes in Minnesota:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Uncooperative Workplace: When the Union-Friendly Employer Faces Unionization

When picturing a union organizing campaign, you might picture a contentious battle between a justice-seeking union and the supposedly big bad corporate employer. But, this week we saw one example of unionization in a more cooperative work environment . . . literally.

On Monday, workers at the Wedge Community Co-op in Minneapolis voted 76-31 to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, becoming the first cooperative grocery in the Twin Cities to unionize.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Federal Ban the Box Law May Be On the Way for Federal Agencies

Last week, President Obama made headlines when he announced a forthcoming executive order to “ban the box” on federal job applications. The President directed the federal Office of Personnel Management to modify its rules for federal agency hiring decisions to delay questions about an applicant’s criminal history until later in the hiring process. While many federal agencies have already taken this step, the President’s action will make the “ban the box” practice universal for federal government hiring. In making his announcement, President Obama cited statistics indicating that 70 million Americans (nearly one in five Americans, and one in three Americans of working age) have some sort of criminal record.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Is the EEOC easing up on employer wellness plans? New GINA regulations are coming.

Even for employers with the best of intentions, workplace wellness plans carry risk. We have previously posted about some of the perils and pitfalls that can result from corporate efforts to help employees stay well. We also wrote about a local company that found itself in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) crosshairs because of its wellness plan.