Minnesota Employment Law Updates

  Do you know what you need to change in your company’s employee handbook in order to maintain compliance with Minnesota’s new employment laws? Please join Erin Schulte Swanson of ES Swanson Law for an important legal update!  While everyone has heard about the increase in the minimum wage, there are many other statutes coming […]

When Do I Have to Show An Employee His/Her Employment File?

This week I received three calls from different employees frustrated with their employers for various reasons.  One had been terminated and wanted to know her options, the second had been threatened with a performance improvement plan that she believed was a retaliatory action, and the third believed she was being discriminated against and wanted to […]

Reflections on the New Year

2011 brought many good things both for me personally and for ES Swanson Law.  I joined the Referral Partners Chapter of BNI, and have made a number of good connections with generous, hard-working and qualified people.  I have continued to serve as the Community Service Coordinator of the Rotary Club of Northwest Hennepin County.  Our […]

Employee Drug Testing Part III: When an Employee Tests Positive

This week we will complete the discussion of the complexities of employee drug testing laws in Minnesota. We have been addressing drug testing issues in three segments: The first post covered Part I:  When to Administer Drug Tests. Last week we discussed Part II:  What Policies and Procedures Your Company Must Follow. This week we address […]

Employee Drug Testing Part II: Policy Requirements

  Last post we began discussing the complexities of the laws governing employee drug testing in Minnesota.  We are addressing drug testing issues in three segments: The last post covered Part I:  When to Administer Drug Tests. This week we will discuss Part II:  What Policies and Procedures Your Company Must Follow. Next week we […]

Employee Drug Testing

  Minnesota law protects employees from unfair drug and alcohol testing, and therefore employers are only allowed to test employees and independent contractors for drugs in certain circumstances.  In addition, the law protects employees with a first-time positive test result and prevents employers from automatically terminating them.  Because the drug testing laws are somewhat complex, […]