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Michigan Passes Paid Sick Leave Requirements

On December 5, 2018, Michigan lawmakers presented a bill to the governor's desk to roll back paid sick leave requirements that were set to go into effect next year. Although opponents challenge the move as unconstitutional, Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the scaled-back bill into law. If he does, the new law will take effect 90 days after lawmakers adjourn the 2018 session, sometime in March 2019. More >

NLRB General Counsel Proposes Significant Change to Arbitration Agreements and More

After one year in office, the general counsel at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is creating a buzz in the legal community. General Counsel Peter Robb has expressed strong recommendations to give employees access to collect more damages after an arbitration or settlement – a departure from the otherwise employer-friendly and red-tape cutting expectations of the Trump administration. More >

St. Paul Passes Minimum Wage Ordinance

On November 14, 2018, in a unanimous vote, the St. Paul City Council adopted a $15 minimum wage ordinance which will take effect on July 1, 2020. Similar to ordinances passed across the country and across the river in Minneapolis, the ordinance will have a huge impact on employers in St. Paul, as well as those who regularly send employees into the city to work. More >

Don Lewis to Receive “Profiles in Courage” Award from MABL

The award is given to those who have “demonstrated courage, excellence, and integrity in furthering the Association's mission of representing the interests of black citizens in the legal profession and judicial system.” Don will be recognized for his career-long work on highly visible and controversial investigations—including his appointment as special prosecutor on the Jeronimo Yanez/Philando Castile case (Castile was fatally shot by police officer Yanez during a traffic stop in 2016). More >

California Aims to Stop Workplace Sexual Harassment Through Arbitration and Settlement Agreement Laws

In the wake of #MeToo, two new laws in California seek to prevent further workplace sexual harassment by changing how employers structure arbitration and settlement agreements, among others. Signed into law on September 30, 2018, by Governor Jerry Brown, Senate Bill No. 820 makes it unlawful for settlement agreements to include confidentiality provisions that impede a person’s right to pursue civil damages against employers and harassers. More >

Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Nicole Dailo

Minneapolis-based national law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis is pleased to announce the addition of Nicole Dailo as an associate attorney in its labor and employment practice group. Nicole will be advising and defending employers with an emphasis on California employment law issues. More >


ALFA International hosted a complimentary webinar on September 14 titled "Legal Hot Topics," where member firms' attorneys presented on hot new areas in their respective practices. NJL's product liability attorney Scott Rusert presented on industry custom evidence. More >

Don Lewis Named Outstanding Director for Work with HealthPartners

Nilan Johnson Lewis is proud to announce that Don Lewis has been recognized by Twin Cities Business as a “2018 Outstanding Director” honoree for his work on the Board of Directors of HealthPartners. Lewis will be honored for his dedication and exceptional work in the course of his board service at an award ceremony on the evening of October 10, 2018. More >