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Disclosure of settlement information (new law)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Lee Ann Schutz
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The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District paid an employee more than a quarter-million dollars as part of a settlement package earlier this year. Due to legal restrictions, it was unable to provide the public with information about the agreement.

A new law, sponsored by Rep. Pam Myhra (R-Burnsville) and Sen. Dan Hall (R-Burnsville), spells out the conditions for data release relating to dismissal of a public employee, if the government entity is paying out $10,000 or more.

Regardless of the size of a community, if a complaint is filed against a chief administrative officer or a person acting in an equivalent position, they would be required to be identified. In a city with a population of more than 7,500 or a county with a population of more than 5,000, the law would relate to a broader category of positions.

Data relating to a complaint or charge against an employee will be public only if the complaint or charge results in disciplinary action; the employee resigns or is terminated from employment while the complaint or charge is pending; or potential legal claims arising out of the conduct that is the subject of the complaint or charge are released as part of a settlement agreement with another person.

The law is effective May 5, 2012, and applies to any agreement entered into or modified after that date.

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