SMRLS Client Wins Appellate Case
June 15, 2015
On Monday, June 15th, 2015 the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed a denial of unemployment benefits to a SMRLS client. The case name is Berglund vs. Kozlak's Royal Oak Rest., Inc., File A14-1301. Read the decision.
This case involves the chemical dependency exception to employment misconduct—an issue that SMRLS first worked to establish in the case of Moeller v. Minnesota Dep't of Transportation, 281 NW2d 879 (Minn. 1979). Helpfully, the court opinion also cites favorably to another SMRLS case on the quantum of evidence needed in administrative decisions, Carter v. Olmsted Cty. Housing and Redev. Auth., 574 NW2d 725 (Minn. App. 1998).
Attorney Laura Melnick primarily authored the briefs, with input and critique from her SMRLS colleagues. SMRLS attorney Samantha Clawson argued the case orally at the Court of Appeals. The client will be receiving many weeks of retroactive benefits as a result of this decision.