Employment Law

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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New Associate Attorney Joins BGS

Barna, Guzy & Steffen LTD. announces the addition of a new associate to our firm. Tyler W. Eubank has joined the firm’s Litigation and Employment Law department. He will be working closely with attorneys practicing in the firm’s growing Litigation/Employment Law area serving existing clients and enhancing the firm’s ability to serve our community. We are happy to welcome Tyler back to BGS as he previously worked in our Litigation/Employment Law department as a law clerk while attending law school. After graduating and receiving his JD, Tyler worked as a Judicial Law Clerk for Honorable Tammi A. Fredrickson. Before attending law school, Tyler spent 6 years living and working in Taiwan as an English Teacher, Intercultural-Manager and Area Trainer. Tyler graduated summa..

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Scott Lepak Presenting on Mental Health and Addiction Issues

Nationally recognized BGS employment law attorney Scott Lepak is presenting today in St. Cloud today on mental health and addiction issues in the workplace.  Speaking at the Advanced Employment Issues conference for the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust, Scott is providing his perspective and advice on this growing issue in the workplace.  “Advising on mental health and addiction issues in the workplace is a regular part of my practice”, Scott says, “Employers have become much more adept at dealing with mental health issues since the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990.”  He added, “With the nationally recognized opioid problem, employers are now becoming more adept at recognizing issues arising from the illegal use of drugs.”  Scott notes that, while..

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Employers Take Note: 2016 Employment Law Updates

  In 2016 there have been several changes to federal laws which impact employers in the state of Minnesota.  Employers need to be aware of these changes so that they can examine existing policies and practices to determine if changes are needed to address these legal changes. NEW OVERTIME RULES The United States Department of Labor released its final regulations modifying certain regulations related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The key change to the regulations is the salary requirement for exempt employees.   Effective December 1, 2016, in order to be classified as an employee exempt from overtime pay requirements, an employee must be paid a minimum of $913 per week/$47,476.00 per year.   The new requirement for the highly compensated employee exemption..

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MEDICAL CANNABIS AND EMPLOYMENT ISSUES: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

BY: Bradley A. Kletscher In July 2015, medical cannabis became legal in Minnesota for a limited purpose. Under this new law, persons registered under Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Law (“MMML”) can engage in possession and use of “medical cannabis”. Under MMML, medical cannabis means “any species of the genus cannabis plant, or any mixture or preparation of them delivered in liquid or pill form.” Patients can use a vaporized delivery so long as it does not require leaves. In order to register, a health care practitioner must certify that a patient suffers from a “qualifying medical condition.”  After patients receive certification, they have 90 days to submit a patient application for enrollment to the registry program. Patients have to reapply annually within 90 days of the..

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