Category: News & Events

Scott Lepak Named to the Public Employment Relations Board

November 19, 2020  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Governor Walz has appointed shareholder Scott Lepak to serve on the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). Scott will serve as the alternate public employer’s representative. The Board is the body charged with addressing unfair labor practice charges under the public sector labor relations law. This Board was originally active from 1971 to 1991 and was recreated in 2014.  Scott is a shareholder in our labor and employment section. He has been working in this area for well over 30 years. Scott noted that he appeared before this Board as an advocate during its original mission. He is delighted to now serve in this new capacity. He also pointed out, in response to numerous questions from public employer clients, that he will continue to represent public sector employer and municipal clients.  “This is very much a less than part time gig,” Scott said. “We needed another representative to get cases processed when the regular public sector board member had a conflict or was unavailable. I am excited to join the well-regarded members of this Board when needed as an alternate.”  Congratulations, Scott, on your appointment to the Minnesota Public Employment Relations Board. Scott M. Lepak has represented employers on labor and employment matters in…

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BGS Attorney Scott Lepak to Present on Labor Relations from a Pandemic Perspective on November 10

November 5, 2020  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

COVID-19 has raised new questions and concerns for employers everywhere. To help owners understand and address these unprecedented circumstances, BGS Attorney Scott Lepak will be co-presenting a free, one-hour webinar on labor relations from a pandemic perspective at 11 a.m. on Tuesday November 10, 2020. Sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, this webinar will explore how to avoid common pitfalls while successfully leading and managing employees during a pandemic. The free, hour-long session will address best practices in the following areas:  Understanding how to establish and maintain management rights Exploring common mistakes when responding to grievances and ways to avoid them Reviewing ways to respond to unfair labor practice claims Learning negotiation skills and how to manage critical workers during a pandemic To register for the webinar, go to: https://www.lmc.org/learning-events/events/league-events/free-webinar-labor-relations-practices-from-a-pandemic-perspective/. Scott Lepak authored a treatise of the Minnesota Public Sector Labor Law and is one of Barna, Guzy & Steffen’s highly knowledgeable and experienced labor law attorneys. Our talented team of business law professionals is here to discuss your specific needs and provide innovative legal solutions. Contact us today to learn more.

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Barna, Guzy & Steffen Announces Addition of New Shareholder

August 13, 2020  |  BGS

The Shareholders of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. announce that Jennifer C. Moreau has been named Shareholder. Since joining the firm in 2013, Litigation and Business Law Attorney Jennifer Moreau has been an important asset to BGS. She has been instrumental in resolving complex cases for some of the firm’s largest clients, all while managing a growing list of her own satisfied clients. Jennifer’s work includes civil and business litigation as well as employment defense and counseling. She has handled a wide variety of cases, including complex matters, and she conducts all aspects of litigation from beginning to end. Jennifer also regularly assists municipal clients with employment investigations and represents clients in grievance arbitrations. Before joining BGS, Jennifer was employed as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Robert B. Varco and Hon. Mary A. Yunker, Minnesota District Court, 2007-2013. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2007 and with highest distinction and with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2004. BGS congratulates Jennifer on this career achievement and recognizes her as an asset to the legal profession and to the community. It is a pleasure to have Jennifer on the BGS team. Established in 1938, Barna, Guzy & Steffen provides a variety of legal services…

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