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Insurance Disputes

Farrish Johnson’s litigation attorneys are seasoned insurance coverage litigators. Most recently, they have handled and resolved cases concerning payment of medical expenses, resolved disputes over coverage for liability claims, and addressed questions concerning the scope of a policy’s coverage limits. Insurance companies may use legalese, jargon, or other confusing language in their policies to justify denials of claims or requests for defense and indemnity. At Farrish Johnson, our attorneys help clients work through these issues and if necessary will take an insurance company to court to resolve a dispute. Depending on the nature of the claim, these cases may be...
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Save Our Juries

Save Our Juries is a public awareness campaign sponsored by American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), which was founded in 1958 and is comprised of some of the most respected plaintiff and defense civil attorneys in the country. ABOTA created Save Our Juries to educate and mobilize citizens in the fight to save our disappearing Seventh Amendment right. ABOTA’s mission is to protect and preserve the civil jury trial system. The Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ensures that citizens’ civil cases can be heard and decided by a jury of their peers. The jury trial provides a forum for...
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Minors’ Consent for Health Care

In Minnesota the general rule is that minors may not receive health care services without their parents’ or guardians’ consent.  There are some important exceptions to this rule.  A minor may consent for medical, mental, or other health services for the following: to determine the presence or treatment of pregnancy and conditions associated with pregnancy; for sexually transmitted infections; for alcohol or other drug abuse; to receive a hepatitis B vaccination; and blood donation (if the minor is over 17). There are also special rules relating to minors giving consent for the care of their own children, minors voluntarily entering...
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Farrish Johnson Instrumental In Federal Court Immigration Case

Farrish Johnson attorney Will Partridge acted as pro bono counsel in a lawsuit filed in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota.  The lawsuit challenged Nobles County’s practice of holding undocumented persons pursuant to detainers placed on them by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) past the time they should have been released from State custody. In this case the plaintiff’s wife attempted to post bail on her husband’s relatively minor criminal charge.  Nobles County refused to accept bail because her husband was subject to an ICE detainer.  As a result, the lawsuit claimed that the plaintiff had...
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Can an Employer Control an Employee’s Use of Social-Media?

If the employee is at work and using computers owned by the employer, the general answer is yes.  Work if for working; not for using social media.  Generally, employers are within their rights to regulate social-media use on work time if they do so for work-related reasons and apply the rules evenhandedly to all employees.  Off-hour use of social-media might be regulated if an employee’s initial and continued employment are subject to written social-media policies. There are important exceptions.  Under and Minnesota’s Wage Disclosure Protection law no employer can prohibit employees from disclosing or discussing their own wages.  Even if...
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Nationwide Injunction Stops Implementation of New Overtime Rule

Earlier this year the Department of Labor issued a rule that would automatically extend overtime pay eligibility to salaried workers earning less than $913 per week or $47,476 per year, regardless of the workers’ job duties.  The new rule regarding eligibility for overtime pay was to go into effect on December 1, 2016. On November 22, 2016, a United States District Court judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the new rule from going into effect.  The injunction applies nationwide. It is not known if the ruling will be appealed.  Even if it is appealed a decision on the...
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Limited Scope Representation.

Do you need an attorney but don’t think you can afford one?  Many law offices, including Farrish Johnson Law Office, offer options such as “limited scope representation” also known as “unbundled” legal services.  Limited scope representation allows a lawyer to provide legal services on a portion of a potential client’s legal matter rather than seeing the matter through from beginning to end.  The lawyer and the client agree on the specific tasks to be performed by the lawyer, and the tasks to be performed by the client.  Limited scope representation allows potential clients who cannot afford to pay for full...
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Minnesota Pregnancy Accommodation Law

Minnesota law requires employers with 21 or more employees at one or more sites to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee for health conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth unless the employer demonstrates that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer’s business.  Any employee working for the employer at least 12 months and the equivalent of one-half of the employer’s full-time employment requirement is eligible for the accommodations.  Some accommodations are required if requested by the employee on the advice of the employee’s licensed health care provider or certified doula.  Some accommodations are automatic...
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Minnesota Adds “Familial Status” as a Protected Class

Employers in Minnesota need to revise their non-discrimination and equal opportunity policies to include familial status as a protected class.  Under Minnesota law, familial status is defined as “the condition or one or more minors being domiciled with (1) their parent or parents or the minor’s legal guardian or (2) the designee of the parent or parents or guardian with written permission of the parent or parents or guardian.”  This law applies to all employers with one or more employee. For more information about this topic or other Minnesota employment law issues, contact Will Partridge at Farrish Johnson Law Office....
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Wage Disclosure Protection Law –State and Federal Law Changes.

Every Minnesota employer must comply with the Wage Disclosure Protection law.  Under this law, no employer can prohibit employees from disclosing or discussing their own wages.  Employers that provide an employee handbook to their employees must include in the handbook a notice of employee rights and remedies under the Wage Disclosure Protection law. As of January 11, 2016, federal contractors are prohibited from terminating or otherwise discriminating against employees or job applicants in any manner for inquiring about, discussing, or disclosing their own compensation or the pay of other employees or applicants. For sample language to include in your employee...
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