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Minnesota Supreme Court Holds that Employment Handbooks May Create Contractual Rights, Even When They Claim Not To

Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of employees. In an important ruling, the Court held that employers who use blanket language stating that an employee handbook is “not a contract” do not necessarily prevent employees from bringing valid claims for breaching a contract. The case, Donald Hall v. City of Plainview, reiterated prior […]

Phillip Kitzer Presents on COVID-19 Employment Issues to Minnesota Lawyers

On December 8, 2020, Phillip Kitzer presented “COVID-19: A Plaintiffs’ Employment Attorney’s Perspective” to the Minnesota chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association along with Elizabeth Binczik, attorney at Fabian May & Anderson, PLLP. The program covered a variety of employment issues that arise for Minnesota employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether working from home […]

Kitzer Rochel Is a Voice for Whistleblowers Reporting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Other COVID-19 Funding Fraud

Our firm knows that some recipients of PPP funding, or other CARES Act funding, have not complied with the law. These companies are abusing taxpayer dollars and harming small businesses that really need the limited funding. And they are breaking the law.  Federal laws prohibit retaliation against workers, employees, executives or anyone else who blows […]

Brian Rochel to Present on COVID-19 Employment Law Issues

On October 22, 2020, Brian Rochel will present “Employment Trends from the COVID-19 Battlefield,” along with Teresa Thompson of Fredrikson & Byron. Brian and Teresa will share their views as an employee-side lawyer and employer-side lawyer, respectively, on recent and upcoming topics related to COVID-19. Click here to learn more and to register for the […]

Brian Rochel Interviewed Regarding COVID-19 and Employment Law

On July 6, 2020, TKKR partner Brian Rochel was featured in an interview by Minnesota Public Radio about current legal protections employees have in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the article here. Brian discussed the real fear many employees have that if they raise concerns related to COVID-19, they will be […]

Governor Walz’s Recent COVID-19 Order Gives Employees Important Rights

On May 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-54, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Among other things, the Governor’s executive order provides rights to Minnesota employees that all workers should be aware of. First, the executive order prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees who ask their employers questions […]

SCOTUS Grants Writ of Certiorari for Three LGBT Employment Discrimination Cases

On April 22, 2019, the Supreme Court granted petitions for writs of certiorari in three LGBT employment cases. Each of the three cases addresses whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 offers protection against discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, […]

Can A Whistleblower Keep Work Documents If She Is Terminated?

Employees who report illegal conduct by a company may be whistleblowers. A whistleblower may be entitled to substantial monetary awards for reporting fraud and is generally protected from retaliation. If whistleblowers do experience retaliation, they may have additional legal claims. Frequently, when an employee discovers fraud at work or by their employer, they may seek […]