Minnesota Supreme Court issues major decision regarding sexual harassment

On June 3, 2020, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a much-awaited opinion concerning sexual harassment law. The court reaffirmed cases holding that sexually harassing behavior must be “severe or pervasive” in order to state a valid claim, but also pointed out that societal views of what constitutes severe or pervasive harassment have evolved to the . . .

Are employers liable for COVID-19 illness in reopened workplaces?

As some businesses slowly begin to restart operations with skeleton crews, they must observe the CDC safe conduct rules, with employees wearing masks and gloves, and common areas, such as lunchrooms, shut off. Yet what if, despite these precautions, a returning employee tests positive for the virus? What if the infection spreads, causing grave illness? . . .

New Minnesota Wage Theft Law Imposes New Employer Requirements and Allows both Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violations

Minnesota’s new wage theft law, which went into effect on August 1, 2019, expands the required information that employers must disclose to employees upon hiring and throughout their employment. The law also requires employers to maintain additional records, clarifies time limits for when employees must be paid, provides the Attorney General with investigation and enforcement . . .