Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney attorney Ann Goering, representing Rice County, received a decision in favor of the County in a hearing under the Minnesota Veterans Preference Act. The Hearing Officer upheld the County’s demotion of an employee for violating several County policies. The Hearing Officer agreed with the County that the employee’s actions violated the […]
Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney attorneys Joe Langel and Nathan Shepherd, representing Independent School District #239, Rushford-Peterson, obtained a final decision in favor of the District in a dispute about the use of the property on which the District recently constructed a new school building. This decision established that neighboring property owners had only limited rights […]
On June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court decided Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. In that case, the Court broadly ruled that public-sector employers and unions may not require that an agency fee, or any other payment to a union, be withheld from a non-union member’s paycheck, unless the nonmember clearly and affirmatively consents […]
Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney Attorney Christian Shafer obtained a dismissal of claims made against the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. The Pioneer Press discussed the Order of the Federal District Court of Minnesota here.
Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney Attorney Margaret Skelton won summary judgment for Independent School District #424, Lester Prairie, against claims that a spectator was injured when she fell off of bleachers at a basketball game. The Court agreed that the District had fulfilled its duty to provide safe bleachers for spectators. The Court also determined that […]
U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Public Employers Can No Longer Collect Mandatory Fair Share Fees From Non-Union Members
On June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. In a 5-4 decision, the Janus Court ruled that laws requiring public employees to pay fair share fees to unions without the employee’s consent are unconstitutional. The Janus decision is available online here. While the specific Illinois […]
The June 2018 issue of School Administrator magazine features an article written by Margaret Skelton, When Parents Blow the Whistle on Coaches. An online version is available at www.aasa.org.
Over two decades ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that the decision by a public employer to contract out bargaining unit work is an inherent managerial right and the employer is not required to negotiate this decision with the affected union. Indep. Sch. Dist. No. 88, New Ulm v. Sch. Serv. Emp. Union Local 284, […]
By now, everyone has heard about the tax bill that was signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017. You may have heard that the tax bill eliminated the health insurance mandate, but the specifics of the tax bill are important. Starting in 2019, the penalty was eliminated for individuals who do not […]
The start of a new year is not only a time for setting goals for next year, it is also time for annual performance reviews. In doing these reviews, supervisors must avoid the impulse to be Minnesota Nice and, instead, accurately document issues with employees’ performance. Sugar-coating concerns, or leaving them out of performance reviews […]