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 […]