Letter of the Law

Sep-Oct 2021

Land Use Ordinances Require Ongoing Review

Regulating the use of private property through zoning and subdivision ordinances is a tool cities use to create comprehensive plans…

Jul-Aug 2021

How to Avoid Mental Health Discrimination in Your Workplace

Answers to a few common mental illness employment-related questions your city staff may experience like anxiety, depression, substance abuse, or…

May-Jun 2021

Legal Requirements for Avoiding and Responding to Cyberattacks

Legal Requirements for Avoiding and Responding to Cyberattacks.

Mar-Apr 2021

Can Cities Require Employees to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Many cities are wondering if they can legally require employees to be vaccinated.

Jan-Feb 2021

Legal Considerations for Video Job Interviews

Conducting video job interviews has its advantages, but cities should be sure to avoid potential legal pitfalls.

Nov-Dec 2020

To Release or Not to Release? That Is the Body Camera Question

Body cameras create a new kind of data, which creates new responsibilities under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

Sep-Oct 2020

Variances and Nonconformities: Understanding Land Use Terms

Land use decisions are easier to make with an understanding of variances and nonconforming uses.

Jul-Aug 2020

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Civil Rights Laws

COVID-19 has changed a lot of things, but it hasn’t changed state or federal civil rights laws.

May-Jun 2020

Law Enforcement Use of Drones: Do You Have Your Warrant?

Having a policy helps avoid Fourth Amend­ment violations, guide employee use, and create public trust.

Mar-Apr 2020

Police and Social Media: How to Prevent and Prepare for Problems

Cities and police departments can take steps to prevent social media controversies from occurring and address them if they arise.