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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January 20, 2014

2013 a banner year for The Wiley Law Office, P.C. 2014 promises even more…

This past year I had the pleasure of providing legal advice, representation, investigations, and training for individuals in Minnesota and Illinois, regional corporations, and national corporations with a presence in Minnesota.  Recently, I secured retainer agreements to provide work for three of the largest employers in the State of Minnesota, guaranteeing the continued success and vitality of the firm. I am currently developing a state of the art program on […]
November 23, 2013

Anti-Harassment Training as important as ever

Attorney Wiley reminds Minnesota employers that training your employees about sexual, racial, and protected-class harassment is an important part of a successful defense against lawsuits.   Here is what the Human Resources Director of a large local municipality had to say about Wiley’s training performed in the fall of 2013: Attorney Wiley provided respectful workplace training to all City employees that was customized to our policies and procedures.  The training was […]
May 20, 2013

Public Employees must abide by Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Law

A number of my public clients have posed an interesting question about the new same-sex marriage law in Minnesota:  What if an employee in a public licensing office refuses to provide a marriage license to a same-sex couple on the basis that same-sex marriage conflicts with the public employee’s religious beliefs? Though this presents an interesting legal issue, the answer is fairly straightforward based on application of the Minnesota Human […]
March 20, 2013

Carver County prevails in Interest Arbitration with Law Enforcement Personnel

On January 7, 2013, Arbitrator Christine Ver Ploeg submitted an arbitration award involving Teamsters Local 320, representing forty-two law enforcement personnel in the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.  The bargaining unit consisted of 29 detention deputies, 12 911 Dispatchers, and one Terminal Agency Coordinator.  Bargaining issues included wages for calendar years 2012 and 2013, range movement, severance, uniform allowance, shift differential, and whether a market adjustment was warranted for certain bargaining […]