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Newsroom image for the post Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Krista Narveson

Posted May 3, 2017 in Top Stories

Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Krista Narveson

Minneapolis-based law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis is pleased to announce Krista Narveson has joined its product liability team as a litigation paralegal. She will be contributing her considerable expertise and more than eight years in the legal profession to a range of work with the product liability team, from mass tort class actions to the defense of personal injury lawsuits.

Newsroom image for the post Short-Term Disability Claim Denial Based on Back Pain Claim Upheld – Medical Diagnosis Alone Insufficient to Support Claim

Posted April 14, 2017 in Legal Insights

Short-Term Disability Claim Denial Based on Back Pain Claim Upheld – Medical Diagnosis Alone Insufficient to Support Claim

The District Court of Minnesota, in Braden v. ATT Umbrella Benefit Plan No. 3, 2017 WL 1047257 (D. Minn. Mar. 17, 2017), granted summary judgment under ERISA in favor of the plan in spite of medical evidence that the claimant could not work based on lumbar pain and degenerative disc disease. The decision is worth reading because of the court’s thoughtful assessment of the evidence and rejection of the notion that a person with a documented history of back surgery, reports of inability to sit at work and a supporting physician’s opinion is entitled to short-term disability benefits.

Newsroom image for the post The Toll of Executive Orders on Federal Contractors

Posted April 4, 2017 in Legal Insights

The Toll of Executive Orders on Federal Contractors

When one administration ends and another comes in, employers are often left to wonder which direction the legislative winds will blow. One group often caught in the middle of the game is federal contractors who must comply with certain executive …

Newsroom image for the post Proposed Legislation May Limit Size of Class Actions

Posted April 4, 2017 in Legal Insights

Proposed Legislation May Limit Size of Class Actions

The process for plaintiffs bringing class action lawsuits against businesses in the U.S. may become more demanding thanks to a bill that passed in the House of Representatives (220 votes to 201) in March 2017 and is now awaiting review …

Newsroom image for the post The Changing “State” of Non-Compete Laws

Posted March 28, 2017 in Legal Insights

The Changing “State” of Non-Compete Laws

The days of the “company man” are seemingly over. Employees are changing jobs faster and more often, and that means their knowledge – and potential trade secrets – are leaving with them. In response, employers are using non-competes more and …

Newsroom image for the post City of Minneapolis Releases Draft FAQs for its Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Posted March 17, 2017 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

City of Minneapolis Releases Draft FAQs for its Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

On March 15, the City of Minneapolis issued new guidance in the form of draft FAQs regarding its Sick and Safe Time Ordinance, scheduled to take effect July 1, 2017. The FAQsprovide some insight into the City's interpretation of the ordinance and its enforcement priorities. The City will accept comments about the draft-form FAQs from the public until Saturday, April 15.

Posted March 13, 2017 in Legal Insights

Beating the Curve on Predictive Scheduling Laws

With cities like San Francisco and Seattle adopting predictive scheduling ordinances, should employers consider implementing strategies to get ahead of the growing trend? According to employment law attorneys from the Minneapolis-based Nilan Johnson Lewis, employers who choose to adopt flexible …

Posted March 7, 2017 in Legal Insights

“Comparable” is Key in Equal Pay

As more states pass stronger pay equity laws, employers need to be proactive about evaluating their practices. Recent laws passed in California, New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland, have expanded upon the federal pay equity laws to allow employees to more …

Newsroom image for the post What Should Employers Do When Their Employees Participate in a General Strike?

Posted February 15, 2017 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

What Should Employers Do When Their Employees Participate in a General Strike?

Proponents of social media have been calling for U.S. workers to walk off their jobs in a nationwide general strike on February 17 in light of recent political developments. Nationwide general strikes are common in Europe and in other countries around the world, but such an idea has never gained much traction in the United States. However, given the current political climate, employers should be prepared in the event workers decide to walk off the job.

Newsroom image for the post Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

Posted February 9, 2017 in Top Stories, Legal Insights

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients around permitted political activities, a review of the relevant limitations imposed by federal regulations on charities (organizations described in Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3)) seems timely.

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