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Dale L. Deitchler represents management in all phases of labor law, labor relations and standards, including:

  • Labor negotiations
  • Arbitrations
  • Unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Minimum wage and overtime proceedings before the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor

Renowned for his knowledge on drug and alcohol testing, Dale also has extensive knowledge of both federal and state Department of Transportation policies and regulations.

He counsels clients on a wide variety of employment law issues, offering advice and practical solutions about:

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act and other leaves of absence
  • Discipline and discharge
  • Employment discrimination
  • Employment and non-competition agreements
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Substance abuse, drug/alcohol testing and marijuana in the workplace

He also is a contributing author to a number of nationally recognized labor and employment law publications.

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson in February 2004, Dale was a partner at another firm, where he also practiced labor and employment law.

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias


Illinois State Bar Association


Minnesota State Bar Association


Hennepin County Bar Association


Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association

News, Analysis & Press

UPS Medical Pot User Hopes to Expand Judge’s Mind

Bloomberg Law

February 20, 2018

A High Priority


January 1, 2018

Zeroing In on Zero Tolerance

Human Resource Executive Online

August 31, 2017

Fired Medical Marijuana User Can Sue for Disability Bias

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

July 17, 2017

DATWA’s Reach Grows

Minnesota Bench & Bar

May 1, 2016

In the Spotlight: Medical Marijuana Will Affect Workplace Policies and Testing

Minnesota Employment Law Newsletter

HR Specialist

August 2015

The Burning Questions in Pot Law

American Lawyer

July 27, 2015

Review workplace drug policies in light of new state laws

Employee Benefit News

November 19, 2014

Medical marijuana and workplace safety


August 24, 2014

Minn.: Medical Marijuana Law Will Cloud Employer Drug-Free Workplace Efforts

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

June 3, 2014

Avian Flu Challenges; Act Now to Create Communicable Disease Policies

Minnesota Business Magazine

February 1, 2006

Speaking Engagements

New York Marijuana Legalization: What Employers Need to Know

April 15, 2021

Marijuana and the Workplace

Minneapolis, MN

December 5, 2019

Federal Database on Driver Drug and Alcohol Use Goes Live: How to Prepare for the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

November 12, 2019

Rehab Roundup: Discrimination & Leave Compliance Issues Managing Employees w/Substance Addictions

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

Weed and Work: Are Marijuana Users the Newest Protected Class?

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

OSHA's Final Rule on Electronic Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

June 2, 2016

Legalized Marijuana and the Future of the Drug-Free Workplace

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 5, 2016

Tribal Enterprise Operations: Update on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Issues

Minneapolis, MN

September 12, 2014

The ACA and Its Impact on Collective Bargaining Agreements

August 19, 2014

Tribal Employment Rights & Law: Critical Legal Issues in Employment Law in Indian Country

Minneapolis, MN

April 28, 2014

Unions in Indian Country

Tribal Employment Rights & Law Conference – Law Seminars International, Prior Lake, MN

April 28, 2014

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

Legal Implications Of Social Media In The Workplace: Tough Issues From The Trenches

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

The Obama Administration’s Impact On Labor Law And In The Workplace

2012 Midwest Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Minneapolis, MN

October 11, 2012

Designing Workplace Testing Policies for Multi-State Compliance: Do All the Puzzle Pieces Fit?

January 28, 2010

Dale Deitchler Speaks on Workplace Drug Testing Issues at the Transportation Lawyers Association's Regional Seminar on Transportation Law and Litigation

January 13, 2006


  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1991
  • B.A., Creighton University, 1986summa cum laude

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  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit