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Delaware Medical Marijuana Cardholder is Terminated Following Positive Drug Test, Survives Motion to Dismiss from Employer After Suing for Discrimination

Medical marijuana laws have been around for several years.  33 states and the District of Columbia have laws allowing for the use of marijuana in some form for medical purposes.  However, the number of cases discussing those laws and their …

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Sheriff’s Deputy Throws the Kitchen Sink at Employer after Not Getting Promoted and Still Misses

It is not always appropriate for an employer to rely too much on an applicant’s performance during an interview as the deciding factor in determining whether to hire that applicant.  Interviews can be very subjective, and interviewers might be subject …

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Union Claims Paid Administrative Leave Disciplinary – Arbitrator Confirms What We Should All Know

After it suspected a deputy had falsified his time records, claiming to have taught DARE courses and earned compensatory time, the Itasca County Chief Deputy questioned the deputy about his reported work time.  The Chief Deputy learned that the deputy’s …

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City of Brainerd Restructures Fire Department, Bargains Over Impact, and Lays Off Full-Time Employees. MN Court of Appeals: “Not So Fast.”

Those who have worked in public labor in Minnesota know the drill: if you’re going to make changes to the structure of organization, you inform the union of the proposed changes, bargain over impact, and go forward with the move.  …

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NBA Workplace Harassment Investigation Becomes Public – Shows Truly Reprehensible Behavior by Employees Goes Unchecked for Years

If you follow professional basketball – and as a firm with an average height of 6’6”, we do – you are probably aware of the fairly recent stories that have surfaced regarding the Dallas Maverick organization and the frighteningly inappropriate …

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Supreme Court announces standard for claims of excessive force against pretrial detainees

In 2011, I wrote an article for the state-wide publication Bench & Bar, entitled “Excessive Force: Disentangling Constitutional Standards.” http://mnbenchbar.com/2011/07/excessive-force-claims-disentangling-constitutional-standards/    That article received a fair amount of attention locally. Today, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion touching on that …

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