Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A. 8000 Flour Exchange Building 310 Fourth Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55415 612.455.0500
Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A. 8000 Flour Exchange Building 310 Fourth Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55415 612.455.0500

NLRB Announces New Joint-Employer Standard

On September 14, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced its newly rewritten joint-employer standard. The newly proposed language would help to clarify and narrow the current definition of joint-employer, much to the relief of employers. The reversal of the 2015 joint-employer rule and the decision to rewrite the standard comes after President Trump’s […]

U.S. Department of Labor Releases New FMLA Forms

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA“) into law. At this point in time, the United States workforce was experiencing large growth and many new workers were women. The FMLA was designed to provide relief to employees who intended to raise a family or needed time off […]

Clarifying an Employment Agreement

Ambiguities in contracts breed litigation. Recently, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota issued a ruling in Riddle v., Inc. concerning the ambiguity and vagueness of the parties’ employment contract. The decision demonstrates how unclear contracts keep parties in court and out of business. Background of the Dispute Plaintiff Jeffrey Riddle […]

The Legal Difference Between a Minnesota Employee and Independent Contractor

Imagine your employment requires you to bill your employer on a per-job basis but your employer supplies all the necessary equipment to complete requested projects. Or imagine that your company manages a property and regularly use one individual for maintenance work on that property, paid by the hour, who also works on other properties not […]

Obama Issues Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Grant Paid Sick Leave

On September 7, 2015, in honor of the Labor Day holiday, President Obama issued Executive Order 13706 requiring federal contractors to offer their employees up to 7 days of paid sick leave annually, including paid leave for family care. The White House justified the need for the directive in a press release emphasizing that the […]

Supreme Court Limits the Definition of “Supervisor”

On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision applauded by some employer groups and derided by certain employee rights organizations as antithesis to workers’ rights. In Vance v. Ball State University, 570 U.S. 421 (2013), the Court held that an employee is a “supervisor” for purposes of establishing vicarious liability under […]