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EMAIL CONFIDENTIALITY/DISCLAIMERS – use, or don’t use?

We see them every day, that notice at the bottom of an email stating something to the effect that the contents of the email are confidential and that if you have received it in error you should alert the sender immediately and not use the information you have received. The use of confidentiality/disclaimer footers is so common that most of us do not even notice them anymore. They appear below the sender’s signature block and may be emphasized by colored text or capital letters. But regardless of appearance I think we can all agree that few of us actually read them. And even when we do? From a practical standpoint we already read the contents of the email before we get to the disclaimer. One..

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Fair Share Agency Fees Struck Down by the United States Supreme Court

In a decision widely expected, the United States Supreme Court on June 27, 2018 struck down state laws that compelled public sector union employees to pay “fair share” or “agency” dues. In Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court held that laws compelling these dues from unwilling members violated the First Amendment by requiring employees to, in effect, pay for speech with which they do not agree. The Supreme Court held that unions representing public employees have to fairly represent these employees regardless of whether they were dues paying members. The Supreme Court summarized its view as follows: Neither an agency fee nor any other payment to the union may be deducted from a nonmember’s wages, nor may any other attempt be made to collect such..

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Will Mediation Make My Divorce Go More Smoothly?

When people get married, they aren’t planning for divorce. When a divorce does happen, it can be confusing and upsetting. In fact, a divorce is one of the toughest things you can go through, especially when there are children involved.   So, when it comes to considering the divorce from a legal standpoint, you will be thinking about all of your options. You may want to resolve things amicably and as fast as possible, but this is not always the case. You may think that litigation is the only path you can go down to finalize your divorce, but there are other options that are open to you. This includes mediation.   So, let’s have a closer look at mediation and see if this will..

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Attorney Scott Lepak Receives President’s Award

Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Scott Lepak received the President’s Award from the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association. This award was issued in recognition of Scott’s outstanding service to the National PELRA and his contribution to public sector labor relations. “This award means a lot to me”, Scott said, “The National and Minnesota chapter of PELRA are wonderful organizations”. As the long time editor of the MPELRA newsletter (back when it was printed out and mailed!) and frequent speaker, Scott knows how valuable these organizations are to labor relations professionals in the public sector. In his 30 plus years as a labor lawyer and chief labor negotiator, Scott has seen and been part of the massive changes in this..

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What to Expect from Your Minnesota DWI Case

That moment when you see the police lights appear behind you and you see them in your review mirror can be scary. Whether you have been stopped by the police or involved in an accident, you will be required to come out of your vehicle and complete a sobriety test. This can involve walking in a straight line and the police office using a pen light to look at your eyes. In addition, you may have to blow into a handheld breath tester. Of course, if you fail these tests and have been driving while intoxicated, you will be arrested.   If you have never been in trouble with the law before, being arrested on a DWI charge can be a stressful experience, especially..

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