With more than 25 years of law firm and in-house experience, Kristin is uniquely qualified to advise her clients on employment and labor law issues.
Kristin advises clients in the area of employment and labor law compliance, prepares and negotiates executive employment and severance agreements, drafts and enforces non-competes, conducts workplace investigations, and delivers preventative employment law training. She regularly provides employment advice to clients involved in mergers and acquisitions. In addition, she advises clients on CBA compliance and relationships with unionize employees. Kristin has represented clients with operations located throughout the United States.
Kristin started her career at a local law firm where she gained experience litigating and mediating employment matters (including class actions) in court, administrative forums and arbitration. She also provided employment law counsel and training to clients of all sizes.
Prior to joining Fredrikson, she also served as in-house employment and labor counsel for mid-size publicly traded and privately held companies. In these positions, she advised HR and leadership on many employment issues such as corporate restructurings and acquisitions, discipline and discharge, drafting and enforcing non-competes and other employment agreements, conducting investigations, managing leaves and accommodating disabled employees, conducting compliant background checks and effectively managing employee performance. She also managed both commercial and employment litigation.
- Successfully resolved charge of disability discrimination with EEOC.
- Assisted in enforcement of non-compete agreements with former employees thereby avoiding litigation.
- Provided training on how to conduct successful investigations to client’s HR team.
- Provided harassment training to employees and management of unionized employer.
- Advised on CBA compliance, employee discipline, leave management, harassment and other matters in unionized environment.
- Negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of unionized employer.
- Led litigation on regulatory matter that saved publicly traded multi-channel retailer over $1M.
- Successfully mediated large meal and rest break class action in the state of California for nationwide retailer.
- Developed and presented management training to address employee meal and rest break compliance.
- Successfully resolved EEOC ADA class action related to leave of absence policy for publicly traded retailer.
Articles & Presentations
Question of the Day: What do I need to know about the Minnesota Governor’s Mandatory Face Covering Order?
July 24, 2020
What do I need to know about the Minnesota Governor’s Mandatory Face Covering Order?
June 8, 2020
What do I need to know about the Walz Executive Order issued on Friday, June 5, 2020?
May 15, 2020
If an employer is conducting daily employee health screenings, how long must it keep the screening records?
May 1, 2020
What are some best practices for conducting employee screening in response to COVID-19?
April 2, 2020
What is the difference between a furlough and a layoff and how do we know which term to use?
PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- Co-Presenter, “Key Areas of Focus for Multi-State Employers,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Employment & Labor Group, November 3, 2022
- Co-Presenter, “Can’t They Just Be Independent Contractors? Employee vs. Independent Contractor Classification,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, October 2022
- Co-Presenter, “My Employee Said What? Rethinking Reactions to Employee Speech,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, On-Demand Webinar, October 2021
- Co-Presenter, “Employee Wellness: 2020’s Impact on Employees and Benefits,” MRA Employment Law Update, February 19, 2021
- Co-Presenter, “Pulled from the Headlines: Practical Advice for Employers During the Pandemic and Beyond,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, October 29, 2020
- Co-Presenter, “Your Return to Work Blueprint,” Fredrikson & Byron Employment & Labor Webinar, May 8, 2020
- Co-Presenter, “20 Important Things HR Professionals Should Know,” Fredrikson & Byron’s Employment and Labor Law Webinar Series, December 12, 2019
- Co-Presenter, “20 Important Things HR Professionals Should Know,” Fredrikson & Byron’s 35th Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, November 7, 2019
- Co-Presenter, “The Changing Workplace: How to Practically Address Accommodating Religion in the Workplace,” Fredrikson & Byron’s 34th Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminar, November 1, 2018
Honors & Education
- University of Iowa, J.D., 1988, with distinction
- University of Iowa, B.A., 1985, with distinction
- Minnesota, 1988
- Minnesota Federal District Court
- United States Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- Minnesota State Bar Association, North Star Lawyer, 2019
- Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Employment Law Section, 2002-present
- Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2017-present
- Student Mentor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
- Member, Board of Directors, Angel Foundation 2021
- Member, American Corporate Counsel Association, Minnesota Chapter, 2006-2018
- Co-Chair, American Corporate Counsel Association, Education Committee, Minnesota Chapter, 2014-2015
- Elected Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Governing Council, 2004-2006