Workplace dynamics and culture are naturally affected by sexual harassment, but the same is true when co-workers engage in a consensual romantic relationship. It can affect things like promotions, terminations, and other decisions that affect how employees are grouped and work together. How, and whether, you set rules for dating and intimacy among employees could have a dramatic effect on the workplace itself. It can also affect the legal complications you may face in the future.
State and federal laws require Minnesota employers to provide accommodations to workers with disabilities. Any employer that does not comply with these laws can face harsh penalties and costly legal battles.
Workplace culture and dynamics are not always as positive as employers and employees would hope. In some cases, a workplace becomes so negative and harmful for an employee that it constitutes a hostile work environment.
Employers across the state have all sorts of approaches to sick time, vacation time, and personal leave. Some leaves are paid, some are not. Some leaves are based in state law, others federal law and, in some cases, even city ordinance. So, what exactly is a Minnesota employee entitled to?
Making the decision to let an employee go is rarely an easy one. Firing someone affects that person's life and leaves a space in the workforce that an employer must often fill. As such, employers typically do not fire people on a whim.
Adding new employees is risky business. It's expensive to train them, and there's no guarantee they'll work out. Sometimes new employees don't blend well with existing personalities or office culture. As such, employers typically want to know as much as possible about a candidate before they throw them into the mix.
Paying employees properly is a primary responsibility for Minnesota employers. Not only does it reflect well on the company, it also prevents costly legal battles and protects workers' rights.
Under both federal and Minnesota state law, employers cannot discriminate against an individual in terms of employment because of that person's age. A person falls into the age-protected class as soon as they reach the ripe old age of 40.
Starting a business is an exciting--and stressful--endeavor. When you are just starting, you may be relying on yourself and only a couple of other people. As your business grows, you may need to take on more people to help keep the progress going. As that happens, it will be important for you to understand how to classify the potentially different types of workers on your team.