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Posted December 2, 2015

Labor Department Proposes ERISA Rule Changes

Nilan Johnson Lewis attorney Bill Hittler consults with organizations on ERISA and employee benefits matters and is available to provide interpretation on the possible changes. He says that, if enacted, these modifications will require administrators to modify their procedures to provide for additional disclosures and to ensure that all decisions are based on a full and fair review of the relevant information in the claim file.

Posted November 17, 2015

Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Attorney Allyson Petersen

Nilan Johnson Lewis announces that Allyson Petersen has joined its product liability and commercial litigation practice groups as an associate attorney. Petersen will support clients in product liability, mass tort, and commercial litigation matters.

Posted November 4, 2015

Creating an Incident Response Plan

Careen Martin has counseled clients on data privacy and security more and more in recent months. New cyber-attacks have prompted businesses to start thinking proactively: not if, but when.

Posted October 28, 2015

Major Changes in Store for Classifying Worker Overtime Status

Nilan Johnson Lewis labor and employment attorney Joe Schmitt analyzes President Obama’s push for expanding overtime rules, and explains the impact on businesses and employees. Overview The United States Department of Labor is set to announce significant changes to the “exempt” classification …

Posted October 20, 2015

Susan Kratz on “Immediate Jeopardy”

Susan Kratz, health care attorney, discusses “immediate jeopardy” and what it means for hospitals during CMS surveys. The article was published in Hospital Peer Review.

Posted October 5, 2015

Mobile Health Care Apps Are No Cure-all

The prevalence of mobile health care apps has its benefits – but it doesn’t mean you should lose your doctor’s phone number. In a Star Tribune article, health care and privacy attorney Careen Martin outlines why users should be more cautious …

Posted September 18, 2015

Summer Associate Minority Clerkship

Summer Associate Minority Clerkship Nilan Johnson Lewis, a distinctive downtown law firm with an innovative, team-based approach to the practice of law, is taking Summer Associate Minority Clerkship applications for 2016. If you seek a professional atmosphere with a culture …

Posted August 3, 2015

Abercrombie Decision Raises the Bar for Accommodating Employees of Faith

The decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie impacts how employers accomodate employees of faith. Labor and employment attorney Veena Iyer outlines these effects for an article for The Corporate Counselor. To read the article, visit Law Journal Newsletters (subscription required).  

Posted July 6, 2015

Nilan Johnson Lewis Attorney Awarded Highest Law Honor

Nilan Johnson Lewis law firm announces that Joe Schmitt has been elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College recognizes the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law.

Posted June 4, 2015

Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Attorney Zachary Crain

Crain brings nearly a decade of law firm and in-house experience representing corporate and individual clients in complex business and real estate transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning, and commercial disputes.

Posted May 19, 2015

Crowdsourced Arbitration Claims Could Shake Up Labor Law

“What was once a cost-effective move could backfire if a company is targeted through a crowdsourced effort,” says Cornell. “Essentially that could lead to ‘death by 1,000 cuts.’ And until the courts have scrutinized this strategy, companies should be wary of the potential impact a crowdsourced arbitration or claims movement can have on labor and employment claims.”

Posted May 15, 2015

Communicable Diseases: What’s an Employer to Do?

In the past year, communicable disease outbreaks have dominated the headlines. Ebola arrived in the United States last fall; measles resurged this winter; and this year's influenza strains were some of deadliest in recent memory.

Posted May 15, 2015

Wall Street Journal Turns to Nilan Johnson Lewis for Expertise on Employment Benefits for Front Page Story

With same sex marriage being legal in all but 13 states, about a third of U.S. employers currently provide benefits for unmarried gay partners. But in states where gay marriage is legal, some employers are discontinuing domestic partner benefits and requiring all couples to wed whether gay or straight before receiving benefits. Cornell discussed the possibility of reverse discrimination lawsuits for employers, and how that is partially fueling the push for dropping domestic partnership benefits.

Posted April 24, 2015

Nilan Johnson Lewis Named A 2015 Go-To Law Firm® for Fortune 500 Companies

Nilan Johnson Lewis has been recognized as a 2015 “Go-To Law Firm®” for Fortune 500 companies by Corporate Counsel magazine. The firm was recognized for its work on behalf of notable, large companies, including: Best Buy, Citigroup, Con-way, Ford, Merck, MetLife, Target, United Parcel Service, US Foods, and Wells Fargo.

Posted April 20, 2015

Nilan Johnson Lewis Recognized by Law360 as a Top Law Firm for Female Attorneys

Nilan Johnson Lewis is proud to be ranked highly (16th) on Law360’s inaugural list of the 100 best U.S. law firms for female attorneys. The firm is also recognized as a Law360 Ceiling Smasher, a ranking that highlights 25 firms that have made significant strides toward gender equality by hiring or promoting a large percentage of female shareholders. Nilan Johnson Lewis is ranked sixth on that list, and the highest of any firm in Minnesota, with 39 percent of its shareholders being women.

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