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Protecting a wide range of employee rights in Minnesota

Employee rights have come a long way in the United States. Most employees are protected from a wide range of discriminatory conduct, are allowed time off when health emergencies strike and receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. The laws that are in place to ensure that workers in Minnesota receive these employee rights have been implemented over the course of decades.

Bill on cities' labor mandates passes Minnesota House committee

While the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are set to have new paid sick leave mandates in 2017, there are those in opposition to the mandates. A House bill that would keep cities from being able to institute city-wide benefit and wage mandates that are greater than those provided by state law was the subject of a hearing before the house job growth committee recently. The bill would block local governments from promulgating regulations with regards to minimum benefits, employee scheduling, mandatory paid leave and minimum wages. The bill passed the committee by a vote of 13 to 9. The vote was split along political party lines; the majority members of this particular committee are Republicans.

Standing up for employee rights for two decades

Whether it is caring for a newborn child, a stay in the hospital for a serious illness or taking care of a seriously ill loved one, there may be times that an employee in Minnesota has to take an extended medical leave from work. It is fortunate, then, that there is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This federal law mandates that employers give workers who have been employed by them for over one year, up to 12 weeks of leave for their own medical needs or the medical needs of a family member. This leave is unpaid.

Gym chain based in Minnesota violates minimum wage laws

2017 is almost here, and people across Minnesota are making their New Year's resolutions. One popular New Year's resolution is to get into shape. For many this means signing up for a gym membership. However, a federal investigation has found that one major chain of gyms with locations in Minnesota and 25 other states has committed minimum wage law violations.

Minnesota workers receive new benefit, but will it last?

The approximately 32,000 Minnesota state government workers are fortunate to be the recipients of a new benefit that recently went into effect: paid leave for six weeks after their child is adopted or born. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton stated that this benefit will help them attract and keep good employees. Previously, workers in such situations were only eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid leave, although birth mothers could be eligible for short-term disability pay.

Voting rights and time off in Minnesota workplaces

The 2016 presidential election has garnered a great deal of attention, both in the media and otherwise. No matter which candidate you support, the important thing is that on election day you get out and vote for your preferred candidate. Indeed, voting rights are some of the most important rights in our nation.

$50,000 settlement reached in Minnesota pay discrimination case

It may seem like in this day and age, it is recognized that men and women should be paid equally if they do equal work. However, that doesn't stop some employers from unlawfully using job classification as a means for paying a female employee less than a male employee, even if the two have the same job duties.

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