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.

The Wiley Law Office, PC office space in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, and Woodbury. The firm stays current on legal trends and developments. Subscribe to its RSS, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook feeds to stay abreast of legal developments. Thank you, and have a great day at work.

“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
September 12, 2019

Labeling Administrative Leave – Not Discipline, but not Categorically Excluded from Constituting Adverse Employment Action

At the Wiley Law Office, we’ve blogged about arbitration awards that found employees had not suffered any form of discipline when being placed on administrative investigatory leave.  However, when an employer places an employee on administrative leave following an employee’s report of potentially illegal activity, it is possible a court could find that action to constitute an adverse employment action.  This concept was discussed in a recent Minnesota Court of […]
September 5, 2019

Court of Appeals Affirms Arbitrator’s Decision in City of Duluth Case, Closes the Book on Public Policy Chapter

For the last few years, starting with the Court of Appeals decision in City of Richfield v. LELS, the possibility of having an arbitrator’s decision overturned as violative of public policy actually seemed attainable.  However, with the Supreme Court’s overturning of City of Richfield last year and the Court of Appeals latest decision in City of Duluth v. Duluth Police Union, Local No. 807, the window for appeal of an […]
August 30, 2019

ABM Part II: Can An Arbitrator Rule on an Employer’s Application of an Ordinance?

Last week, we discussed an arbitration award between ABM Industries and SEIU, where an arbitrator ruled that not only did the St. Paul and Minneapolis ordinances apply to an employer outside the two cities, but that the employer was not abiding by the terms of the ordinance.  As we alluded to in that article, the award was ripe for appeal to district court, and on June 27, 2019, the U.S. District […]
August 23, 2019

Union Grieves Employer’s Failure to Implement Terms and Sick and Safe Ordinances and Wins

Many employers struggled with the Sick and Safe Leave ordinances created by the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  At their most basic, the ordinances provide for sick and “safety” (for victims of abuse or stalking) leave to be accrued by employees working within the boundaries of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  One problem encountered by employers was the difficulty of administration for employers with workers in multiple jurisdictions.  This was […]
August 16, 2019

The Wiley Law Office Hits MPELRA’s Summer Conference!

As summer draws to a close, the Wiley Law Office is making its annual pilgrimage to attend the MPELRA Summer Conference!  This year, we’re taking in a wealth of knowledge from a diverse cast of arbitrators from across the country, talking past practice, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and of course, the ever-looming PERB!  If you’re up at the conference, make sure to stop us and talk for a while – we’re […]

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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 […]
October 12, 2018

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.  The structure and makeup of an organization is an inherent management right under PELRA.  In fact, it says so right in the law: Matters of inherent managerial policy include, but […]
August 24, 2018

Minnesota Interest Arbitration Update

Here we sit at the end of August, and as of now, there have been a total of seven interest arbitration awards posted to the Bureau of Mediation Services website.  While this is equal to the total number of interest arbitrations held in the State for all of 2017, it is still quite a low number, considering the number of essential bargaining unit contracts that come up for renegotiation every […]
June 27, 2018

With a Swipe of the Pen, the Supreme Court Makes All U.S. Public Sector Employers Right-To-Work

The Court kept us waiting as long as possible, but it finally came to a decision this morning in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, and sounded a death knell for fair share fees for public sector employees. By this point, we are all familiar with the issues of the case – Janus, a state employee working in Illinois, enjoying the wages and benefits afforded him by his […]