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Davis Brown Employment and Labor Law Blog

The Davis Brown Employment and Labor Law Blog provides Iowa human resources directors and employers with the latest on employment law matters, including the FMLA, ADAAA, civil rights, PTO, unemployment claims and more.  Learn more about Davis Brown's Employment Law and Labor Relations Department,

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Top 10 Proposed Changes to Iowa's Workers' Compensation Law - March 14, 2017

The Iowa Legislature is currently reviewing proposed legislation pertaining to Iowa's Workers' Compensation laws. The proposed legislation has been introduced as House File 518, with companion Senate File 435. The legislation passed the commerce committees of both the House and Senate. Amendments are now being filed by legislators in both the House and Senate. Read More »


Don't Be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish - Advice for New Employers Regarding Employee Classifications - February 23, 2017

Entrepreneurs wear many hats, from providing a quality product or service to managing employees. New employers frequently expose themselves to liability when they think that ignorance is a defense that they can use if an employee files a lawsuit or makes a claim. While the law penalizes knowing and willful violations, it does not provide a defense for mere ignorance. As a result, employers must understand their obligations under the law. Read More »


NOTICE: Voluntary Disability Self-identification Form Updated - February 2, 2017

The Office of Management and Budget has renewed the self-identification form relating to voluntary self-identification of disability for employees of federal contractors. This form has an expiration date of January 31, 2020, and is administered by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Read More »


The Quest for a Workable Employee Evaluation: The Saga Continues - December 19, 2016

In HR you have seen it all: late evaluations, lost evaluations, evaluations with all "5's" checked and no comments, sexually inappropriate comments, cutesy comments that will get you sued such as, "not the brightest crayon in the box," and the ever popular perfect 10 with a recommended bonus.and then the manager wants to fire him/her a week later. HR has also seen 360° evaluations - "Guess what, I'm wonderful!!" and the anonymous 180° - "My boss sucks!" Read More »


Top 10 Considerations for Iowa Employers Post Election - December 9, 2016

There has already been a great deal written about the outcome of the 2016 election. Polls, long considered lagging indicators, were not indicators at all. As the dust settles and the recounts conclude, personal, professional and political calculations are being made in an attempt to develop situational awareness in anticipation of a Trump Administration. Read More »


Federal Court Blocks DOL's New Overtime Rules - November 22, 2016

A nationwide injunction was issued on Tuesday, November 22, blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing its controversial rule that expands the number of employees eligible for overtime. The injunction blocks the DOL from enforcing its regulation set to begin December 1, 2016 that raised the salary level for white-collar employees to over $47,000 per year. Read More »


New Electronic I-9 Form - Some Bugs and Tricky Provisions - November 18, 2016

A new I-9 form was released this week, which will become mandatory on January 22, 2017. We've identified a few bugs and tricky provisions employers should be aware of. Read More »


What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Employers? - November 11, 2016

It's still two months until President-elect Trump takes office so it will be late January before we know whether Mr. Trump will pursue a traditional Republican agenda on employment issues. While Mr. Trump certainly carries a business background, his campaign focused on blue collar and other middle class workers. That may limit what might otherwise be a pro-employer legislative agenda. Read More »


Issues in Interviewing: The Right Way to the "One" - November 1, 2016

As an employer, you will interview a whole host of applicants to find the "one"-the perfect individual to fill a job opening. Just as in the world of dating where one bad question or one inappropriate comment can ruin a date, the world of interviewing is just as sensitive. Read More »


Several Iowa Counties Proclaim That A Dollar Just Ain't What It Used To Be! - October 3, 2016

Employers across the country are reluctantly evaluating how to proceed in light of the increase in the compensation requirements for exempt employees (which will be effective December 1, 2016). Read More »


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