Earlier this year, I wrote a blog about a new workplace benefit – student loan debt relief.  Now, it seems employers are again thinking outside the box with respect to employee benefits.  The latest workplace benefits employers are offering include onsite meditation, yoga and other programs that help workers de-stress.  Other unique benefits are

Norfolk Southern Corp. is a federal contractor that has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to pay almost $500,000 to 2,086 African-American job applicants in order to resolve claims of race-based hiring discrimination.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) conducted a routine compliance evaluation, and found

job-applicationIf you are an employer you are aware you may not discriminate against your employees, but it is important to know the law also applies to job applicants.  Most employers include an equal employment opportunity (EEO) statement in their employee handbooks or policy manuals.  If you don’t, then you definitely need to update those documents. 

Line of people taking notesEarlier this year the Court of Appeals overturned the district court’s dismissal of a case regarding the negligent retention of an employee.  In Hartfiel v. Allison, unpublished Court File # A15-1149 (Minn. Ct. App. 2016) Mr. Hartfiel, the plaintiff, drove truck for T.J. Potter Trucking Inc. as an independent owner-operator.  Mr. Allison drove truck for

Last week I spoke at the “Professional E.D.G.E” morning business event co-sponsored by the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce and the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation.  I spoke on the importance of good hiring practices and in particular, hiring employees for character.

I have blogged about the importance of hiring for character in the

A new year is quickly approaching and so is the implementation of a new law restricting circumstances when Minnesota public and private employers can request information about a job applicant’s arrests and criminal convictions. This is happening across the country in a number of other states and is being called “ban the box,” in reference to

The school year is coming to an end and a new batch of graduates will be hitting the job market, looking for their first real job. The struggling economy has little to offer, and employers are not confident enough to add personnel until the economy improves a bit. The natural temptation for both employers and

Conducting criminal background checks is becoming routine in the hiring process of new employees. Many employers see them as one way to vette potential candidates, and reduce the pool of job applicants. Yet, automatically excluding a job applicant because of a criminal history may subject an employer to a disparate treatment claim brought by the EEOC.