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North Dakota Employment Law Letter

North Dakota Employment Law Letter

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North Dakota Employment Law Letter

When you subscribe to your Employment Law Letter, you get a newsletter specifically designed for employers and HR professionals in your state. It's written by attorneys in your state who know the unique challenges and laws you must deal with every day.

Access to Subscribers-Only Area — You'll find a wealth of helpful information, available to subscribers only, at no additional cost:

  • Online Archive: You can search for articles on any topic from your state, nearby states, or all 50 states.
  • Policies: Our Sample Policy & Procedure Manual, including dozens of sample policies and explanations.
  • Forms: Government forms and sample forms you can use in your HR practice.
  • Your state's statutes and regulations on employment law.
  • Federal statutes and regulations on employment and labor law.
  • Survey results from our Surveys of HR professionals nationwide.
  • Reports: Access to in-depth Mastering HR Reports.
  • Employers Forum: A vibrant online community that answers your toughest questions. For HR professionals and their counsel.


Your Editors

Lisa Edison-SmithLisa Edison-Smith practices exclusively in the areas of employment and labor law and litigation. She focuses her practice on providing practical advice to North Dakota and Minnesota employers on a variety of issues related to human resources, discrimination and harassment, employment compliance issues (such as wage and hour, FMLA, and WARN Act), employment contracts, policy review, hiring and termination, and employee benefits. She frequently provides training on harassment and other current issues in employment law to employers throughout the area. Lisa also represents employers in labor matters before the NLRB.

Prior to joining the firm, Lisa served as a law clerk to former Chief Justice A.M. Keith of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Before attending law school, Lisa worked for GTE Corporation in a variety of financial positions for nine years.

Vanessa LystadVanessa L. Lystad concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and civil litigation in our Fargo office.

Vanessa graduated summa cum laude from Minot State University, majoring in sociology and German, and earned her J.D. from University of North Dakota School of Law, where she was elected to Order of the Coif. While in law school, Vanessa participated in moot court, was Managing Editor of the North Dakota Law Review, and completed externships with the Honorable Kermit E. Bye of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Joel D. Medd of the Northeast Central Judicial District.

A native of Jamestown, North Dakota, Vanessa enjoys biking, sewing, photography, and spending time outdoors (if the weather permits).

KrisAnn Norby-JahnerKrisAnn Norby-Jahner concentrates her practice in labor and employment law, ERISA litigation and compliance, and general civil litigation, where she represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation matters.

In her ERISA litigation practice, KrisAnn provides support during the internal appeal process regarding long-term and short-term disability benefit denials and represents clients in federal court litigation. She also counsels clients regarding ERISA and the Affordable Care Act compliance issues. In her employment law practice, KrisAnn has provided legal counsel in a variety of cases, including those involving workplace discrimination, employment contract reviews, separation agreements, confidentiality agreements, unemployment benefits hearings, and employment policies and handbook reviews. She has also lectured on employment law considerations for both small and large business owners, as well as human resource professionals.

In addition to her legal practice, KrisAnn has worked at a variety of universities as an adjunct professor. She studied in both M.A. and Ph.D. programs, specializing in Contemporary American Literature and Law and Literature studies. Her extensive research and writing background has been a tremendous asset in litigation and appellate work. She has taught legal research and writing, moot court, composition, and other courses at the University of Minnesota Law School, Hamline University, Kent State University, North Dakota State University, the University of Mary, and Bismarck State College. She finds her background and education in English and in the Law to work hand in hand: “A successful lawyer must have good writing skills, communication, analytical ability, and the drive to learn every day. My teaching and writing background is the foundation for my legal practice.”

Prior to joining the Vogel Law Firm in 2015, KrisAnn practiced in the Twin Cities at Hellmuth & Johnson (Edina, MN) and Mansfield Tanick & Cohen (Minneapolis, MN). She obtained a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, where she was active on Law Review, the National Moot Court team, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution program; Ph.D./ABD from Kent State University; M.A. from North Dakota State University; B.A. from Minnesota State University Moorhead; and A.A. from Minot State University-Bottineau, where she played college basketball. KrisAnn is also able to mediate disputes as a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.

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North Dakota Employment Law Letter provides a three-part subscription package to deliver the practical, hands-on advice you need to manage your North Dakota workforce safely and in compliance with North Dakota and federal laws. That's because the newsletter's editors are North Dakota attorneys who defend and counsel employers statewide.

Each issue also keeps you on top of North Dakota court and U.S. Supreme Court decisions that affect your workforce, all reported with North Dakota's local laws and policies in mind. You get the information you need to stay in business — and out of the courtroom.

Your complete subscription package includes:

  1. North Dakota Employment Law Letter — 12 monthly issues mailed to you and also available online. (Digital-only versions are available with an HRLaws subscription) You also receive email notifications once a month and periodic News Alert by email as needed.
  2. Access to Subscribers-Only Area — You'll find a wealth of helpful information, available to subscribers only, at no additional cost:

    • Employment Law Letter articles from states you subscribe to
    • Sample policies
    • Your state's statutes and regulations affecting employers
    • Federal statutes and regulations on employment and labor law
    • Results from monthly surveys of HR professionals
    • Hot Topics
    • Employers Forum online community for HR professionals, employers, and their counsel.
  3. Mastering HR Reports — In-depth reports covering topics that are too complex to be fully covered in your monthly newsletter. Some 15-20 Mastering HR Reports are available in the Subscribers-Only area, and we update them regularly so you will always have the most up-to-date information.

North Dakota Employment Law Letter

Read a sample of our Employment Law Letter Newsletter here.