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Halunen Law recognized as “Minnesota’s Best” Employment Lawyer and Law Firm for second consecutive year

Firm wins Gold Award honors in Star Tribune statewide “Minnesota’s Best” Campaign  MINNEAPOLIS, MN (September 25, 2022): Minneapolis-based Halunen Law received the distinct honor of being selected for the second consecutive year as a Gold Award Winner for its outstanding work in the legal field. In the 2022 Star Tribune “Minnesota’s Best” campaign, voters from …

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Gender Bias in Executive Severance Negotiations

A new study from researchers at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Nebraska has determined that men in executive leadership positions receive over $500,000 more in severance compensation than women. The study, recently published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, examines severance packages at the executive level through a series of …

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Bipartisan Bill Would Speed Compensation and Increase Protection For SEC Whistleblowers

The federal government has several whistleblower programs that encourage, protect, and reward individuals for reporting fraudulent or illegal conduct. Few such efforts have been as successful and put more money in whistleblowers’ pockets as has the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) whistleblower program.  The SEC reports that since the whistleblower program’s inception, it has awarded …

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Game Theory and Severance: Why You Should Always Negotiate

Your career isn’t a game, especially if you face the unexpected, unwanted or unjustified end of your current tenure. But if your employer decides to show you the door and offers you a severance package, you’re playing a high-stakes game, whether you like it or not. As with all negotiations, hashing out a severance package …

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Halunen Law attorneys selected to 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Minnesota lists

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (July 18, 2022) Haluen Law is pleased to announce that several of its attorneys were selected to the 2022 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, a distinguished acknowledgment by legal peers of fellow attorneys’ outstanding work. The firm’s consistent representation on these two prestigious lists reflects its deep expertise and record of …

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Victims of Workplace Sexual Harassment and Assault are no Longer Bound by Employer’s Arbitration Clauses

In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Senate passed, and the President signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (the “Act”). What are arbitration agreements, and how do they affect your employment? Regardless of their size, many companies manage to squeeze in some sort of an arbitration provision …

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Recent Halunen Law lawsuit challenges entrenched discriminatory, retaliatory behavior at Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training office

Alleging a deep-seated culture of egregious and overt acts of race discrimination and retaliation at the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), a lawsuit on behalf of former POST employee Starr Suggs was recently filed by Halunen Law employment attorneys Maria Shatonova and Colin Pasterski. POST is the regulatory agency in charge …

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Severance Pay When Resigning: How to Walk Out The Door With More Than Your Coffee Mug

  You’ve found a better opportunity. You want to take your career in a different direction. You just can’t take it anymore and need to get out ASAP. These are a few of the many reasons people resign from their jobs, even if they don’t have a new one lined up. If you’re considering leaving …

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Stock Options and Bonuses in Severance Packages Should Be More Than Afterthoughts

For many people, the icing is the best part of the cake. For many C-suite and high-level executives, the “icing” on their compensation packages – such as stock options, restricted share units (“RSUs”), bonuses and other nontraditional or speculative compensation structures – are often worth much more than the cake of their annual salary. Accordingly, …

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Laid Off Over 40? You Have Unique Rights When Offered Severance

Older workers’ experience, insights, and institutional knowledge can be valuable assets to a business. All too often, however, companies see older workers as a liability, leaving more seasoned employees vulnerable to prohibited age discrimination, including wrongful termination. That’s why federal law provides older workers, who are laid off over 40, with robust protections, rights, and …

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