SMRLS Attorney Named "Up & Coming" by Minnesota Lawyer

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Every year Minnesota Lawyer magazine recognizes a group of attorneys within their first 10 years of practice who have already distinguished themselves by their achievements. Among them is Colin Laffey, staff attorney with the Agricultural Worker Program of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS).

“Being able to provide clients with the legal awareness of their legal rights, and then ideally seeing those cases through to an appropriate settlement or adjudication so they recover the wages, damages and penalties that they are entitled to — that is always a great feeling,” said Laffey.

Laffey and the 2019 class of Up & Coming Attorneys were honored at a Sept. 11th luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Read more about Laffey in Minnesota Lawyer.

MDLC on the Effects of New Wage and Hour Rules for Home Health Workers

A new federal home care labor rule is having unintended consequences for some of Minnesota's most vulnerable. The new law requires overtime pay and travel costs, which has resulted in a shortage of home care workers, as employers cut hours to save money.

Hundreds of Minnesotans with disabilities are now faced with gaps in care and how to meet them. Disability advocates such as the Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) have alerted policy-makers, and the Minnesota legislature is considering new funding  to help pay for overtime and travel costs for roughly 25,000 home care workers who provide services through the state’s Medicaid program. 

“If nothing is done, vulnerable people are going to face some desperate choices,” warned MDLC staff attorney Anne Henry.  Read the full Star Tribune article