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May 2017 Archives

Expanding Title VII?

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' landmark decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (Case No. 15-1720), which established that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans discrimination on the issue of sexual orientation, may be an indication that the Courts are willing to adopt much more inclusive positions towards gay workers and may, as well, keep moving in that same direction with regard to transgender employees. It is quite clear from a review of print and social media that LGBT advocates are becoming much more aggressive in the challenging of perceived discrimination in the workplace. Clearly, the Legal Basis behind the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Hively could also be used in future Cases to widen the scope of protection for transgender workers.

The Exploding New Gig Economy: States Decide Tough Classification Issues!

In recent years, many states have passed laws attempting to regulate ride-hailing companies such as Uber (and other members of the "gig economy"). These new laws cover how to treat independent contractors with regard to insurance requirements, recordkeeping, inspections and background checks, etc.

President Trump Appoints MN Supreme Court Justice to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

On May 8th President Trump began nominating judges to fill more than 125 existing vacancies in the nation's federal courts. Among his first 10 nominees following the recent appointment of Justice Neal Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, is our own Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras, whom the President nominated to a seat on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Assuming Judge Stras' appointment is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will continue to influence legal issues in Minnesota but on the federal level since the Eighth Circuit oversees the federal courts in Minnesota as well as Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and North and South Dakota. As would be expected, Judge Stras's nomination is supported by conservative groups such as the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society (known for its "strict constructionist" position on how the laws and constitution should be interpreted by the courts). Judge Stras holds several degrees from the University of Kansas, including an MBA and JD. After teaching at the University of Minnesota Law School as an assistant professor, in 2010 then Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed him to a vacant seat on the Minnesota Supreme Court and he won re-election in 2012.

Wessels Sherman's 2017 Employer Empowerment Seminar in Minnesota is Another Big Success!

seminar1.jpgWessels Sherman's Minnesota office hosted the firm's annual labor and employment law seminar for employers, accountants, attorneys and other business professionals on April 28, 2017 at the beautiful Radisson Blu, Mall of America hotel. James Sherman, firm President/CEO and Founder/Managing Shareholder of our Minneapolis office, welcomed the room full of attendees who came from four different states and a broad spectrum of industries and fields. After delivering the day's first presentation on drastic changes taking place in workplace laws and regulations in 2017, Mr. Sherman served as moderator to introduce the many other presenters throughout the day. Special Guest Speaker Nick Rogers, President/CEO of Minnesota's newest major league sports team (and a lawyer who previously practiced in the private sector), regaled the audience with the fascinating story behind Minnesota United's mercurial rise from the lower division league, to one of the countries two MLS expansion teams in 2017, to breaking ground on a brand new, privately financed, soccer specific stadium in May of this year. The club's success story can be an inspiration to businesses of all sizes and industries!

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