Meet Attorney Greg Wiley

Attorney Greg Wiley, Esq., is admitted to practice law in state courts in Minnesota and Illinois, and in numerous federal courts. Wiley is a passionate advocate for his clients, and he has earned an outstanding reputation for the highest quality of legal representation. He is oft-recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Lawyer in the area of labor and employment law. In 2012, Wiley was awarded the national Pacesetter Award for innovation in labor law, and the Award of Excellence in Civil Law by the public law section of the Minnesota State Bar Association for demonstrating extraordinary leadership, initiative, and innovation in the performance of his duties in representing his public law clients. Mr. Wiley represented corporate management nationwide while at Littler Mendelson, the largest labor and employment law firm in the country. Mr. Wiley currently runs his own advising, litigation, investigation, mediation, and training practice, and serves as General Counsel to the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office. He represents corporations, local businesses, municipalities, and individuals in the Twin Cities metro area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and in other parts of Minnesota. He has office space in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Woodbury. Mr. Wiley stays current on legal trends and developments. Subscribe to his RSS, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook feeds to stay abreast of legal developments.

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Senior Associate Ben Reber Joins the Firm The Wiley Law Office is proud to announce that Ben Reber has joined The Wiley Law Office as Senior Associate. He looks forward to working with you as established and appreciated clients of the firm and helping with all of your business and employment needs.

Ben is joining the firm following three years as an independent contractor for the firm, and eight-and-a-half years as a Labor Relations Specialist for the City of Saint Paul. During his time with the City and as a contractor, he focused his efforts on representing management in all facets of the employer/employee relationship, including hiring, on-boarding, employee relations, grievance processing, workplace accommodations, veterans’ preference, discrimination and harassment investigations, policy development, contract negotiation and interpretation, and employee training.

Ben has been quite active in the Minnesota public labor and employment community, as a participant and presenter for the Minnesota Public Employer Labor Relations Association, and earned his Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP) certificate from the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association in 2017.

Ben is also an experienced trainer, having conducted over 40 training seminars for the City of St. Paul during his time as a Labor Relations Specialist, covering topics ranging from employee discipline to Diversity and Inclusion.

Ben has a wealth of experience that he is excited to add to the services provided by the firm, and is devoted to bringing the same high quality service that you’ve come accustomed to as a client of the Wiley Law Office. Contact Ben for advice or just to welcome him to the firm. He can be reached at 651-373-8388, or e-mailed at Benjamin.Reber@wiley-law.com.

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“Mr. Wiley went above and beyond my expectations in his consultation with me. He gave me great feedback for my hearing and prepared me so I had a successful outcome. He does thorough research, thinks of all the angles, and is very professional in his presentation. I highly recommend his services.”

-Cathy T., Client
November 8, 2019

Four Day Workweeks – Good for Production, but Good for a Public Unionized Workforce?

The results of a month-long shortened workweek experiment at the Microsoft Japan offices were recently released.  For the summer, all employees’ schedules were reduced to four days per week, but employees were not required to work longer hours during their on-duty days, and did not have to supplement their time with vacation in order to bring home a full paycheck.  Essentially, employees were working 80% time for 100% of their […]
November 1, 2019

The GM Auto Workers’ Strike is Over – What Lessons Can We Learn?

After the longest Auto Worker strike in almost 50 years, GM employees across the country have returned to work following the ratification of a successor contract.  48,000 workers left work at more than 30 GM factories, and the impact of the strike was deep on both sides.  In total, workers lost about $1 billion in wages, and the auto maker lost almost $2 billion in production.  Let’s take a look […]
October 24, 2019

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Two Important Title VII Questions for Employers

While we were catching up with local and employment labor issues this month, two important cases made their way to oral arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.  In Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the plaintiff is asking the Court to consider the question of whether discrimination against an employee because of sexual orientation constitutes prohibited employment discrimination “because of sex” under Title VII.  In R.G. & G.R. Harris […]
October 18, 2019

When Contract Language Plays a Role in Hiring, Does Most Experienced Mean Most Qualified?

If you work with unions long enough, you will eventually be faced with a proposal from your employees’ collective bargaining representatives to have some say in the hiring and promotion process for employees.  Hopefully, when you receive this offer of “assistance” from the union you tell them that any offers of assistance are unnecessary, and you’re more than capable of hiring competent employees without their interference.  Occasionally, however, employers will […]
October 10, 2019

Supreme Court Rules for the Permanent Existence of Unions Over Management Rights Argument

Last year we discussed a controversial ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals in Firefighters Union Local 4725 vs. City of Brainerd.  In that decision, the Court of Appeals ruled that the City did not have the authority to reorganize its fire department by laying off bargaining unit members, and it committed an unfair labor practice when it laid off all of the bargaining unit members, thus interfering with the […]

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January 25, 2019

In Contrast to Richfield Decision, Judge Denies City’s Claim that Reinstatement was Contrary to Public Policy

As we all eagerly anticipate the Minnesota Supreme Court’s decision in City for Richfield v. LELS, a different Minnesota District Court out of St. Louis County made a decision about whether the reinstatement of a police officer for improper use of force runs contrary to public policy. Last spring, we discussed an arbitration award out of Duluth where the arbitrator reinstated an officer following his improper use of force.  In […]
January 18, 2019

Eighth Circuit Holds that Regular and Reliable Attendance at Work is an Essential Function

To work with an employee whose restrictions keep them from being at work every day can be frustrating, to say the least.  For employers who count on their employees to be a part of a functioning team or perform duties on their own, a wrench is thrown into every operation that involves an employee who cannot be relied upon to show up to work without notice.  Employers obviously want to […]
January 10, 2019

DOL Announces Proposed Rulemaking on Overtime Exemptions

With the current salary exemptions for employees who are either supervisory or possess specialized skills sitting at $455 a week or over $23,660 a year, an update to the overtime regulations seems well overdue.  The Obama-era DOL attempted to increase the overtime minimums to $913 a week or $47,476 annually, but that proposed regulation was shot down by a Texas federal judge.  Now, the Secretary of Labor has hinted at […]
January 4, 2019

In the Face of Contrary Contract Language, Arbitrator Finds Statutory Language Wins the Day

The selection and direction of employees is a management right that should be protected like a first-born child.  Employers need the ability to appoint the most qualified individual to a position in order to make their businesses run at optimal efficiency – to do otherwise runs contrary to almost any business model. However, in times of lean money and contentious contract negotiations, it is understandable that an employer could cede […]