On April 15, 2019, Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney Attorneys Christian Shafer and Nathan Shepherd, representing Winona Area Public Schools, obtained a decision from the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirming the District’s school-closure decision. The Court decided all of the arguments in favor of the District, rejecting arguments that the decision resulted from insufficient evidence or […]
On April 10, 2019, Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney Attorney Margaret Skelton obtained dismissal of all claims alleged by a teacher against Minneapolis Public Schools. Ms. Skelton successfully argued that the plaintiff failed to allege facts to support essential elements of her claims of violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Minnesota Whistleblower Act […]
We are pleased to announce that Laura Tubbs Booth has joined Ratwik, Roszak, & Maloney as of April 1, 2019. In 2019, Ms. Booth became only the second attorney ever to receive the MASE Distinguished Service Award. The first attorney who received that Award was our founding partner Paul Ratwik. Like Mr. Ratwik, Ms. Booth […]
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.