Employees will on occasion negligently perform their duties and as a consequence can often be discharged. But what about any damages caused by their negligence? Who pays the bill for that?
This issue was recently decided by the Minnesota Court of Appeals which held that the employer was not allowed to seek damage payment from

Just as Caitlyn Jenner has brought renewed attention to the issue of gender identity, there have been several recent legal developments relating to restroom access for transgender employees.  Here’s what employers should know:
First, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a guide regarding best practices for restroom access

The Minneapolis City Council recently passed an ordinance that prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes in indoor public places, including places of employment, effective immediately.  In addition to workplaces, the ordinance will apply to other public areas such as stores and restaurants.  The only exception is for  electronic cigarette sampling in exclusive tobacco shops (including

This is not the “battery” or “assault” in your flashlight or next to the pepper shaker.  The “battery” and “assault” that employers need to understand in the HR context has to do with actual or threatened physical misconduct allegations in the workplace.  When an upset employee presents such a complaint, use of the term “assault”

Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA) announced a proposed rule concerning injury and illness recordkeeping requirements for employers that would make public employee records about illnesses and injuries.  78 Fed. Reg. 67254 (Nov. 8, 2013).
OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels stated that the proposed rule would require employers with 250 or more

When employees now talk about “lighting up,” they may not be referring to smoking a traditional cigarette.  The latest development is the electronic cigarette or e-cigarette.  These devices generally consist of a tube into which a cartridge is inserted that contains a chemical solution.  The solution may or may not contain nicotine.  When the battery-operated

Unfortunately, incidents of workplace violence are increasingly common.  One major risk for employers associated with workplace violence is the potential for a negligent retention claim.
Under Minnesota law, liability for negligent retention is “predicated on the negligence of an employer in placing a person with known propensities, or propensities which should have been discovered by