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    He did what? You've Got to be kidding me! Addressing Inappropriate Conduct in a Politically-Charged, Pandemic, Era.

    Date: September 9, 2020, 8:00am
    North Star SHRM
    Virtual Meeting. Must register to advance to attend. Registration details to follow.
    No cost to North Star SHRM members and we welcome guests at no cost to attend up to 3 meetings prior to joining
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    North Star SHRM would like to invite you to attend our September program. 

    Register in advance:   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    PRESENTER:  Matt Tews, a Partner at Stinson LLP

    The target audience for this seminar is HR professionals and any business owners.  “Black lives matter; All lives matter.  MAGA; Anyone but Trump.  Tear down the statues; don’t destroy history.  Wear a mask; don’t restrict my freedom.”  It seems like every day there is a heated issue in the headlines.  In an extremely tense, pandemic, election year, employees are bound to take varying position on these and other divisive issues on social media and in the workplace.  When that happens, the nation’s conflicts can become workplace conflicts, fast.  Employers need to know what the law is and how to respond before these inevitable issues arise or risk serious morale problems and, potentially, lawsuits.


    • Review federal and state laws relating to workplace conduct
    • Establishing appropriate conduct-based rules to address hot button topics
    • Determine best steps to address potential conduct violations in the workplace, lawful conduct outside the workplace that may violate conduct rules, and unlawful conduct outside the workplace.

    Matt Tews, a Partner at Stinson LLP, is first and foremost a business partner who focuses on labor and employment law.  Matt advises his clients on the full range of employment issues to help stop problems that can lead to litigation before they start.  As an employment counselor, Matt advises on hiring and firing, leaves, discipline, investigations, reduction-in force, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and other complex employment issues under constantly evolving federal and state labor laws.

    Matt is a traditional labor law practitioner, helping both unionized and nonunionized employers navigate the National Labor Relations Act.  Matt is an experienced and aggressive litigator.  He helps businesses prepare for and handle complex employment litigation.  He has handled the full range of employment litigation matters for clients, including FSLA wage and hour collective actions, whistleblower, retaliation, discrimination, and wrongful termination claims is a frequent speaker on labor and employment topics; former law clerk to Lori Gildea, Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court; graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, and the University of St. Thomas, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team.