Business forum: HR and the same-sex marriage act

Source: Star Tribune Author: Sara McGrane, employment law attorney with MInneapolis law firm Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt. The impact of same-sex marriage goes beyond the ceremony to employee benefits. Minnesota companies are advised to take note. While the passage of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has advocates celebrating, the future walk down the […]

Unemployment Compensation

By Andrea R. Ostapowich  Bertelson Law Offices, P.A.Following are the published opinions involving unemployment compensation from August 1, 2012, through November 13, 2012. All three opinions involve employees who quit their employment.Timing of Quitting Wiley v. Dolphin Staffing – Dolphin Clerical Group, 2012 WL 5476134, A12-0383 (Minn. Ct. App. Nov. 13, 2012): Under Minnesota Statutes, […]

LGBT Workers Face Rampant Discrimination, Higher Taxes and Receive Fewer Workplace Benefits

June 7th, 2013 | Kate Thomas | Source: Workplace Fairness 87% of polled Americans believe it’s illegal under federal law to fire an employee just because that employee is gay or lesbian. They’re wrong. A new report demonstrates how 40 years of advocacy have yet to yield federal non-discrimination protections for LGBT workers. Instead of having a […]

In marking anniversary of Equal Pay Act, Obama extols gay rights

By Juliet Eilperin, Published: June 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm Source:Washington Post President Obama made a point Monday of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, calling for more action to close the wage gap between men and women. Making a reference to his own daughters, the president noted that women now earn 77 cents for every dollar a […]

The Female Labor Market Is Actually Stagnating

By Erika Christakis, June 04, 2013 From:  Time (online)The announcement last week that women are now the primary breadwinners in 40% of American households unleashed the usual reflexive responses. Attempting what looked like self-parody, Fox News featured an all-male quartet of pundits sputtering about the decline of women’s “natural” role. Some saw welcome progress for […]

What privacy rights to I have in the workplace?

From:  The Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2013Employers are frequently using monitoring software to make their employees more productive at work, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, part of a series about the “Tougher Workplace.”Although the Constitution speaks of a “reasonable” expectation of privacy, this is largely not applicable at private employers. […]

Before You Sign A Severance Agreement

Bertelson Law Office has a successful history of reviewing, evaluating and strategically negotiating severance agreements, “buy-out packages”, executive agreements and non-compete agreements.  We can help you assess whether the package you were offered makes sense considering the specifics of your employment. Feel free to contact us if you would like us to review your severance […]