It is important for workers in Minnesota to understand the various laws that are in place to protect them and provide them with employee benefits in the present and in the future. One particular law that is meant to ensure retirement funds are protected is ERISA. ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Passed in 1974, it is designed to make certain that the person's retirement plans will be available at the time they choose to retire. With ERISA, there are minimum standards that private companies have to follow.
Minneapolis residents work hard to earn a living to support themselves and their families. While it can be challenging enough to earn a living in a competitive workplace, that challenge is made far worse for those who are not treated as equals with their coworkers.
State and federal law protects Minnesota employees from workplace discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, gender, disability and age. Unfortunately, when an employee files a complaint some employers react by terminating the employee or taking other action in retaliation for the employee asserting his or her rights.
This month, more than 50 Muslim employees at a Wisconsin company were shocked to discover that they would no longer be allowed to take two five-minute breaks to pray during the work day. Even worse, some of the employees were fired for continuing to pray at set times of day instead of waiting until a company-scheduled break.
For more than three years, a 58-year-old doctor in Bloomington, Minnesota, prescribed a topical pain relief cream to the majority of her patients. This special cream was sold exclusively at a certain Best Aid pharmacy. Now, the U.S. Attorney's Office is charging the doctor with health care fraud, among other offenses.