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
February 23, 2012

Incarcerated does not mean “in custody” for Miranda per the Supreme Court

This week, in Howes v. Fields, No. 10-280 (Feb. 21, 2012), the United States Supreme Court reiterated that whether an individual is “in custody” for the purposes of Miranda rights is a fact-dependent inquiry that evaluates all features of an interrogation.  The most pertinent inquiry is whether, when looking at all the circumstances, a reasonable person would feel free to terminate the law enforcement interview and leave, even if the […]
February 9, 2012

“Crummy” case provides painful lesson regarding Employer medical inquiries

This week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that an employer violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act by requiring that an employee provide medical information about dyslexia, when the employee had not requested an accommodation and there was no evidence that the condition was impacting the employee’s ability to do his job. The employer argued that it terminated the employee (named Crummy) because he was insubordinate in not providing the […]
November 17, 2011

Does your employee classification pass the smell test?

More than ever, employers struggle with employee classification issues: are workers employees or independent contractors?  And now, the State of Minnesota and the IRS have started a new initiative to more aggressively audit employers about employee classification, so an improper classification can have significant consequences in the form of increased taxes, penalties and fees. Employers often mistakenly believe that the label they attach to a worker is controlling, but the […]
November 14, 2011

Another Victory by Attorney Greg Wiley

Recently, a Minnesota District Court upheld attorney Greg Wiley’s argument that a Last Chance Agreement precluded a union employee from seeking arbitration to challenge his termination from employment. Employers use Last Change Agreements (“LCAs”) to allow employees that have made mistakes or have had performance issues a second chance, and the agreements provide that the employees may stay employed so long as certain conditions are met.  I feel that Last […]
November 10, 2011

Defamation claims are alive and well in Minnesota

Clients often shy away from bringing defamation claims because damages can be difficult to prove, and the burden of a trial might actually exacerbate the harm caused by defamatory remarks.  But preserving your business’s reputation may be extremely important, and, in some cases absolutely essential. Clients should carefully evaluate whether bringing a defamation claim makes sense under the particular circumstances.  A recent Minnesota District Court case shows that, in the […]

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March 9, 2013

Discipline reduced for Mendota Heights police officer

On March 1, 2012, Arbitrator Harley Ogata determined that a one-day suspension related to whether the officer had probable cause to arrest a citizen was excessive under the circumstances, and reduced the discipline to a written reprimand. Though the arbitrator determined that the officer could have done more to diffuse the dispute during a bad-weather roadside stop, the arbitrator felt that only a reprimand was warranted because a reprimand would […]
March 9, 2013

Employer must use new I-9 forms in May 2013

Employers required to use new I-9 form in May 2013. See the form and get more information at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=84c267ee5cb38210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=84c267ee5cb38210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD 
March 9, 2013

Probationary Police Officer Reinstated at Veteran’s Preference Hearing

 In December 2012, a Veteran’s Preference Act hearing was held to determine whether the City of Brooklyn Park had just cause for the termination of a probationary police officer, Daniel Strickland.  The city argued the officer had willfully violated a standing order prohibiting outside employment while in field training, lied to a superior about the extent of the violation, had integrity issues, and failed to demonstrate the ability to do […]
March 1, 2013

City of Brooklyn Center receives split interest arbitration award with LELS

Law Enforcement Labor Services, Inc., Local 82 challenged the City’s wage proposals, and a number of other compensation related items in the collective bargaining agreement.  Evidence was presented on the City’s ability to pay, economic conditions, internal comparisons, external comparisons, unemployment, inflation, and employee retention.  The parties’ disputed many of the issues, including the appropriate comparator group for external comparisons.  The union argued for a comparison with 24 cities, while […]