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November 2016 Archives

Be cautious about signing waivers of rights under severance agreements

Last time, we looked briefly at a recently settled Minnesota case involving severance agreements in the Minneapolis Public School District. As we noted, about 50 district employees were required to sign the legally precarious agreements over the last 2 ½ years. In that case, the EEOC made it clear that requiring employees to waive their right to file discrimination lawsuits violates federal law.

Age and workplace diversity

Diversity in the workplace is not some narrow thing that just involves one or two factors. Rather, how diverse a given workplace is is affected by a range of different things. However, some aspects of workplace diversity tend not to get the same amount of attention from employers as others. Experts and survey data suggest that age diversity is one of those things.

Minneapolis school district settles severance agreement case

One of the important issues for employees to be aware of is that they have rights when it comes to termination. These rights vary depending on the state you live in and any contractual agreements that may exist between the employee and the employer. All employees have protection from termination based on illegal grounds such as illegal discrimination or retaliation for whistle-blowing.

Employees in St. Paul, Minneapolis soon to enjoy new leave protections

The ability to take job-protected, paid sick leave is something that many people take for granted, given that they work at companies with progressive policies. It is not a benefit that many workers have, though.

MN physician disciplined for handling of deceased patient, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the recent disciplinary action taken against taken against a Minnesota doctor for his treatment of a patient that committed suicide after being released from group home care. As we noted, the doctor agreed with the state medical board to complete various requirements before his license—placed on conditional status—could be restored.

MN physician disciplined for handling of deceased patient, P.1

We have previously looked at the issue of opioid over-prescription on this blog. As we’ve noted, it is a growing area of concern, and one which state professional boards are increasingly addressing.

Physician group highlights problem of medical racial profiling in disciplinary process, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the issue of racial profiling in the physician discipline process as it is making news out in California. As we noted, a group of African American doctors is calling attention to the disproportionate discipline of such doctors, and the negative impact this has on medical care in predominantly African American communities.

Physician group highlights problem of medical racial profiling in disciplinary process, P.1

Racial profiling in law enforcement is certainly an important issue nowadays, and law enforcement agencies and the public are well aware of it. Racial profiling has been defined different ways, but the Minnesota legislature has defined it to be any action taken by law enforcement which is based on a criminal suspect’s race, ethnicity or national origin rather than the suspect’s behavior or information leading law enforcement to believe a particular individual is or has been involved in criminal activity.

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