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Scott has been representing employers on labor and employment matters in Minnesota since 1987. His labor practice is focused on assisting employers who are experiencing organizational efforts, facing unit determination hearings, conducting labor negotiations, strike planning and dealing with unfair labor practices in both the private and public sector.

He is also experienced in labor arbitration on grievances and in interest arbitration. Scott’s employment law practice focuses on providing advice on the application of state and federal law to particular employment situations, preparing personnel policies and affirmative action plans, drafting employment agreements, severance packages and releases, performing investigations, advising on discipline situations and defending employers on claims for violation of any federal or state laws related to employment.

He is among the leading attorneys in the State of Minnesota on matters affecting local government and nonprofit agencies.  Scott  is outside counsel on labor and employment law counsel for the League of Minnesota Cities and  is the author of a treatise on the Minnesota Public Labor Relations Act available on the Minnesota League of Cities website. He is a member of the metro area chief labor negotiator’s roundtable. He is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment topics.

Scott is also the City Attorney for St. Francis, Becker and Champlin.  He has served as the St. Francis City Attorney since 2000 and  has served as the Becker City Attorney since 2009.  Scott was appointed the Champlin City Attorney in 2014.

Current Employment Position:
Shareholder

Marketing Committee Chair

Affirmative Action Officer

Board of Directors 2010-2014, 2016

Areas of Practice:
Affirmative Action – Employer
Collective Bargaining
Employment Contracts – Employer
Employment Discrimination – Employer
Employment Law – Employer
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – Employer
Labor Arbitration
Labor Disputes
Labor Law
Labor Relations Boards & Proceedings
Municipal Employment – Employer
Sexual Harassment – Employer
State, Local & Municipal Law
Unfair Labor Practices
Wage & Hour Law

Bar Admissions:
Minnesota, 1987
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, 1988

Education:
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1987
B.S., University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, 1984, cum laude

Additional Qualifications:
Minnesota Statewide ADR Rule 114 Neutral Roster

Published Works and Presentations:

Co-Author, Retiree Health Insurance: The Aftermath of Mower County, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education. Public Sector Labor Law, October, 1992

Negotiated Settlement Agreements, MPELRA Summer Conference, August, 1998

Strike Planning, MPELRA Winter Conference, December, 1998

Recent Court Decisions, LMC First Annual Conference on Labor Relations, January 1999

National Labor Relations Act 101, Mid America Community Action Association, May 1999

Especially for Cities With Unions, League of Minnesota Cities, Annual Conference, June 1999

Author, Court Decisions on Mandatory Subjects of Bargaining, Minnesota Cities, July 1999

Mandatory vs. Permissible Subjects Of Bargaining., Joint LMC, IPMA, MPELRA Sumer Conference, August 1999

Contract Language – Best Practices What Works Well and What To Avoid, MPELRA Summer Conference, August 1999

Maintaining Exempt Status, Minnesota Payroll Association, September 1999

Mandatory vs. Permissible Subjects of Bargaining, LMC Winter Conference, November 1999

Fair Labor Standards Act, An Overview, State of Minnesota 2000
What is Grievable? What is Arbitrable?, MPELRA Summer Conference, August 2000

Implementing Flexible benefits in a Union Environment, MPELRA Winter Conference, December 2000

Who Can Perform Strikers’ Work?, MPELRA Summer Conference,
August 2001

New Developments, MPELRA Summer Conference, August 2001
Recent Developments in Employment Law, Minnesota Job Service

Employer Committee Fall Conference, October 2001

Labor Law Basics, Anoka County Law Clerks and Court Reporters continuing education, January 2002

Elements of Discipline, Joint LMC, IPMA, MPELRA Winter Conference, February 2002

Military leave Requirements, Joint LMC, IPMA, MPELRA Winter Conference, February 2003

Minnesota Public Sector Labor Relations Association 101, Presentation to City of St. Paul Managers, July 2003

Dealing with Layoffs, Joint LMC, IPMA, MPELRA Summer Conference, August 2003

Negotiating Benefits Where There is a Reduction in the “Aggregate Benefit Level”. League of Minnesota Cities Magazine, January 2004

Submitting Written Briefs. Minnesota Public Employer’s Labor Relations Association Winter Conference, February 2004

Ground Rules in Negotiations. Minnesota Public Employer’s Labor Relations Association Summer Conference, August 2004

Interest Arbitration Awards and Interesting Cases. Minnesota Public Employer’s Labor Relations Association Winter Conference, February 2005

Fitness for Duty. Co presenter with Jeff Jacobs. Minnesota Public Employer’s Labor Relations Association Summer Conference, August 2005

Ask the Experts panel. Minnesota Public Employer’s Labor Relations Association Summer Conference, August 2005

Relief from the Employment Reference Blues?, In Brief, Fall 2005

Employment Separation Issues, Minnesota City Attorneys’ Conference, January 2006

Hot Topics, Minnesota Public Relations Employer’s Labor Relations Association Winter Conference, January 2006

Hot Topics, Marshall Human Resources Association, March 2006

Potpourri of Reimbursement and Compensation Practices that Expose the County to Risk, Minnesota Counties Human Resources Association, March 2006

Recent Developments. Minnesota Public Employer’s Labor Relations Association Summer Conference, August 2006

Recent Developments, Co-presenter with Julie Fleming Wolf. Minnesota City Attorneys’ Conference, January 2007

25 Tough Questions and Their Answers, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2007

Fitness for Duty Mental Health Exams, Public Sector Labor and Employment Law, January 2008

Confidential and Supervisory Employees – How to Make Your Case and Fight Back, Minnesota Public Relations Employer’s Labor relations Association Winter Conference, February 2008

Off Duty Misconduct in the Public Sector, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2008

Fitness for Duty Mental Health Exams, Minnesota Public Relations Employer’s Labor Relations Association Summer Conference, September 2008

Co-Author, Lessons in FLSA Wage and Overtime Laws, Minnesota Cities Magazine May/June 2014

Co-Author, League of Minnesota Cities HR Manual: Chapter 5 Labor Relations

Articles by Scott M. Lepak:

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Anoka County Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

Pages and Links

City of Becker

City of Champlin

City of St. Francis

Alexandra House

Anoka County Community Action Program

The Anoka County Historical Society