Minnesota Cities Magazine

Letter of the Law

Letter of the Law: The Mayor’s Power at Council Meetings November 2014

Answers to five common questions about the mayor's role at council meetings.

Letter of the Law: Ignorance is Not Bliss—New HR Laws You Need to Know September 2014

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

Letter of the Law: Fire Departments—Don’t Overlook These Laws July 2014

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

Letter of the Law: Data Retention—A Museum of Official Records May 2014

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 March 2014

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 January 2014

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? November 2013

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)! September 2013

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? July 2013

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? May 2013

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.