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Letter of the Law

From the Bench: High-Speed Chase—Did Officers Use Excessive Force in Driver’s Death?

Summaries of recent court cases that may affect Minnesota cities.

Letter of the Law: Ignorance is Not Bliss—New HR Laws You Need to Know

Minimum wage, parenting leave and sick leave benefits rules have changed.

From the Bench: Court OKs City Limit on Rental Housing

Summaries of recent court cases that may affect Minnesota cities.

Letter of the Law: Fire Departments—Don’t Overlook These Laws

These laws are sometimes overlooked by fire departments, and can create liability.

Letter of the Law: Data Retention—A Museum of Official Records

What data must cities keep? What data can cities discard? Take a tour of data retention best practices.

Letter of the Law: Labor Arbitration 101

Armed with some basic information about arbitration, you will find that the process is not so intimidating.

Letter of the Law: Medical Records—OSHA 300 and Beyond

It’s that time of year again when the OSHA Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses gets posted.

Letter of the Law: Where Does the City’s Power Come From?

Cities may only exercise their powers in accordance with the federal and state constitutions and state statutes.

Letter of the Law: You Aren't the Boss of Me (After Work)!

The city is not the boss of the off-duty employee unless you can show a connection and make it stick.

Letter of the Law: How Much Weight Is Too Much to Lift?

A person should attempt to lift only a certain amount of weight—and only under ideal conditions.

Letter of the Law: You Can’t Talk to Me Like That! Or Can You?

While employers may still regulate and prohibit the misuse of social media, cities must also be careful with disciplining employees for online discussions of work conditions.