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The specialty field of Labor and Employment Law is the practice of law dealing with relationships among employers, employees, and labor organizations, except workers’ compensation. It includes all aspects of labor relations and employment law, both public and private, employment-related statutes, employment-related torts and contracts, and employment discrimination. This definition includes all forms of labor and employment litigation, advice, counseling, negotiations, arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution before all tribunals.

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Next Exam Date

October 28, 2017

Deadline to apply is October 17, 2017

Frequently asked Questions

How long is the exam? 3 ½ hours. 

What will be on it?
There are three essay questions and examinees will need to answer two of the three. Two of the questions are general employment law questions. Questions may be answered from either an employer/employee-employer/union perspective. One question is a labor law question which may be answered with reference to either federal law (private sector) or state law (public sector).

Who grades the exams? Each examination will be graded against the model answers by a team of two Certification Board members.

Do I need to be a member of the MSBA? No, membership in the MSBA is not required of certified specialists.

How many attorneys are MSBA Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialists? Currently there are 117.

Minn CLE prep course September 18-19 in Minneapolis with a video replay in Duluth October 5-6. More information and registration details can be found here.


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Jessica Thomas

Certified Legal Specialists Director
(612) 278-6318

Labor and Employment Board

Christopher D. Jozwiak-Chair
Timothy B. Kohls-Vice Chair
Trina Chernos
Martin J. Costello
Thomas E. Glennon
Michael J. Moberg
Anne Radolinski
Mary A. Rice

Labor and Employment News

l and e board

Howard Bolter, Bill O'Brien, Penny Phillips and Steve Befort celebrate the last meeting for the original board members. Penny and Howard have been volunteering on this board since 2005!

MSBA Names Seven New Board Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialists