Congratulations to our Newest Shareholder!

We are pleased to announce that Timothy Sullivan has been named shareholder.  Tim represents school districts, counties, and cities in all areas of labor and employment law, general municipal law, and civil litigation.  He also represents clients in state and federal litigation, arbitration and administrative hearings, and frequently serves as an independent investigator in allegations […]

Welcome Emma Oakley!

Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney is pleased to announce that Emma Oakley has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Emma comes to us after serving as a clerk in the Fourth Judicial District. Emma graduated magna cum laude from the Mitchell-Hamline College of Law.

Subcontracting Made Easier

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, […]

The Importance of Accurate Performance Reviews

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 […]

Favorable Arbitration Decision

Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney recently received a favorable decision in an arbitration between Rice County and the Minnesota Public Employees Association. In that case, the Arbitrator upheld the County’s long standing practice of requiring employees who were assigned a take home squad car to begin their shifts 15 minutes earlier than other employees against a […]

Supreme Court Redefines Free Appropriate Public Education for IDEA Eligible Students

In Endrew v. Douglas County School District, the U.S. Supreme court made ripples in the special education world when it rejected the standard that “some educational benefit” that is more than trivial is sufficient to constitute a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for IDEA-eligible students.  137 S.Ct. 988 (2017).  The Court ruled that each child’s educational […]