Phyllis Karasov Offers Employers Guidance in Twin Cities Business Interview


Attorney Phyllis Karasov was recently interviewed for a Twin Cities Business article titled Finding Legal Pathways Through the Pandemic.  The publication asked four experienced local attorneys to share their thoughts about how businesses can address legal challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic.

Phyllis was asked to share her recommendations for businesses dealing with employment questions regarding vaccine mandates and remote employees.  In the article, Phyllis answers the questions:

  1.  In Minnesota, can an employer require Covid-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment?
  2. If somebody refuses to get vaccinated and their work could be done remotely, would they have a strong discrimination claim if their employer fired them solely for not getting vaccinated?
  3. If there are no employer-employee conflicts over vaccinations, does the employer have absolute authority over where an employee works?
  4. If somebody has been with the company for several years and has received excellent performance reviews, can that person be legally required to work in the office as opposed to remotely?
  5. From an employment law standpoint, what is the most ambiguous scenario that has surfaced between employers and employees as a result of the pandemic?

To read the guidance offered by Phyllis, please go to the Twin Cities Business article Finding Legal Pathways Through the Pandemic.

Phyllis Karasov advises businesses on labor and employment matters. Her clients come from a variety of sectors, including construction, manufacturing, higher education, K-12 private education, nonprofit and healthcare. She provides counsel in all areas of human resources, including hiring, handbooks, regulatory compliance, discrimination, sexual harassment, discipline and termination, Americans with Disabilities Act, OSHA rules and the Family and Medical Leave Act. As a former National Labor Relations Board attorney, Phyllis is often called upon to represent clients in labor union matters including arbitrations, collective bargaining agreements and union contracts. In higher education, Phyllis is an experienced and trained investigator of Title IX complaints.

If you have questions about labor and employment matters, please reach out to Phyllis at