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October 2015 Archives

What prevents disparate treatment of workers?

Federal laws prevent discrimination concerning the hiring and treatment of workers. In other words, while discrimination may have been absent from a hiring decision, employers may violate federal law by treating workers differently in matters such as salaries and wages.

U.S. government requires sick leave for contractors

Businesses that have contracts with the federal government not only have to comply with laws applicable to all enterprises, they also with specific standards imposed by the government. In early September of this year, President Barack Obama issued an executive order containing another standard which may impact business planning for employers seeking federal government contracts.

Crowdfunded business startup settles federal probe

Minnesota business is changing with the advent of new technologies and the ability to seek customers and investors throughout the country and the globe to assist with business formation and growth. However, new legal issues follow the use of these new platforms -- which can have serious consequences for poorly-prepared ventures.

Can an employer fire an employee over a drug test?

Under the Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act, an employer cannot discharge an employee after that worker's first positive drug test without providing an opportunity for counseling or treatment. Employers may be liable in a civil action for damages suffered by an employee when the employer violate this law.

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