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Month: November 2014

You aren’t powerless when confronted with sexual harassment

A Chicago-area Ford Motor plant made headlines earlier this month after it was hit with a lawsuit filed by four female employees alleging an “on-going pattern and practice of sexual harassment and discrimination … spanning more than two decades.” While the exact details of the complaint are too lengthy to detail in a single blog …

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Today’s lesson: Don’t forget about your estate plan

Statistics show that an astounding 64 percent of Americans currently have no estate plan, meaning they have no formalized plans in place for their assets, their health care wishes or even their children should they pass unexpectedly. In past posts, we’ve discussed the various reasons as to why so many Americans are putting off the …

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How much do you know about prohibited hiring practices in MN? – III

For the last few months, our blog has been examining how the Minnesota Human Rights Act outlines a series of provisions expressly prohibiting employers from engaging in certain pre-employment practices. Specifically, we’ve been discussing how this law bans employers from making certain inquiries during the hiring and interviewing process that could otherwise be used in …

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Walmart gearing up for holiday sales and protests

Thanksgiving may still be two weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped both retailers and consumers alike from already making plans for the long holiday weekend. Indeed, several retailers have already announced that stores will not only be open on the traditional Black Friday shopping holiday, but on Thanksgiving as well. At least one of the …

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An examination of health care directives in Minnesota – II

A few weeks back, our blog began discussing how Minnesota law permits those who feel very strongly about the type of medical care that should be administered in the event of their mental and/or physical incapacity to execute a legally binding document known as a health care directive. To recap, a health care directive accomplishes …

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Health policy of major Minnesota employer challenged in federal court

While most people might not realize it, a fascinating employment law case is currently playing out here in Minnesota that may serve to define the extent to which employers can shift health care cost to their employees based on the results of behavior-based testing. The case in question involves Honeywell, which was originally founded in …

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