As we've discussed on our blog before, Minnesotans saw the minimum wage rise to $8 an hour last summer and are going to see it rise yet again to $9 per hour this coming summer.
The start of a new year doesn't just mean serious resolutions and the need to purchase new calendars, it also means that important legislation passed by state lawmakers during the previous session will officially become law.
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.
Young people coming out of college and graduate school these days are often told that internships are the necessary first step to starting a career. Internships in concept are a sort of modern version of the apprenticeship in which a relatively inexperienced but capable person has an opportunity to learn at the feet of more experienced professionals. For some college students or graduate students this can be done in exchange for credit at school, but in many cases internships are entirely uncompensated. The lack of pay creates some obvious problems for interns, most of them financial, but also gives rise to some less expected issues, such as a lack of employment protection under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
An Oakland Raiders cheerleader just filed a proposed class-action lawsuit on behalf of 40 current and former Raiderettes. She claims the Raiderettes’ contract violates both state and federal wage and hour laws -- and cheerleaders’ contracts with other NFL teams probably do, as well. She invites other dancers with similar problems to join. Twenty-six of the NFL’s 32 teams, including the Minnesota Vikings, have cheerleaders.
In 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against an Illinois-based mining company that, despite numerous highly-qualified applicants, hadn’t hired a single female miner since it opened operations. The company offered an unusual defense. The lawsuit should be thrown out, it said, because the EEOC’s efforts to settle the complaint through its pre-trial conciliation process had been inadequate.
If you’re suspicious that something unlawful is going on in your workplace, you may have wondered whether it would be a good idea to secretly record phone calls or conversations in order to gather evidence before blowing the whistle. If you work in Minnesota, you absolutely should not do so without first talking to an attorney.
35 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that discrimination against pregnant women who wanted to continue working was not sex discrimination. Instead, the court said, it was merely discrimination between women who were pregnant and women who were not, which was not illegal.
A recent investigative series in the Star Tribune has shaken up the Minnesota Board of Nursing and nurses around the state. The investigation discovered some 294 licensed nursing professionals who were listed in the Minnesota Court Information System, or MNCIS, as having misdemeanor convictions that apparently disqualify them from licensure. That investigation prompted a joint hearing before the Minnesota House and Senate health and human services committees, scheduled for Nov. 13.
In May, Governor Dayton signed into law a bill that extends Minnesota’s “Ban the Box” law to private employers. “Ban the Box” was first passed in 2009 but only applied to public employers, but it will now require private employers to eliminate check-boxes about criminal convictions from job applications by the end of the year.