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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, www.davisbrownlaw.com/IowaEmploymentLaw.




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Employers: August 10th Deadline to Comply with Updated OSHA Rule - August 4, 2016

By August 10, 2016, employers must establish "a reasonable procedure" for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses promptly and accurately. Read More »

 

FORMS, FORMS AND HEY, YET MORE FORMS! What to do when employee data doesn't match - August 2, 2016

As an employer you have an enormous number of forms that must be filed, whether with the Department of Labor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the IRS or any other agency or group which may exercise authority over your business. You can almost drown in these forms and sometimes just from sheer repetition they don't all match. Read More »

 

High Speed Hiring: The Importance of Anti-Discrimination Practices in Online Employment Advertising - July 29, 2016

More and more, employers are investing in highly-functional web pages that tout their successes in the hopes of netting coveted employees on the search for their next career. But, in the attempt to make a website more attractive and navigable, it can be easy to forget that there are essential items that must appear on your website. An employer's online presence must remain compliant with state and federal laws pertaining to equal opportunity employment. Read More »

 

Form 1095-C and I-9 Compliance: How to handle "mismatches" - July 26, 2016

Employers complying with the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") by filing Form 1095-C increasingly face another question: Are they in compliance with their I-9 obligations? Read More »

 

Going For the Gold: How To Legally Recruit The Best Candidates - July 20, 2016

This summer the world's greatest athletes are competing for Olympic gold. In order to win, these athletes must follow a strict set of rules to prevent deductions and disqualifications. When employers compete for the best candidates in the marketplace, they too must follow a strict set of rules to avoid being "dinged" by a lawsuit. Read More »

 

OSHA's New Injury Reporting Standards and the Post-Accident Protocols All Employers Will Want to Re-examine - June 30, 2016

Employees may feel more secure in reporting injuries after a newly issued rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but many employers will find previously compliant protocols are now vulnerable to OSHA citations. Read More »

 

An HR Checklist for New Employers: You have Your Ship, and Now You Need Your Crew, How to get Your 'Ship' Together - June 27, 2016

Starting a business is not always simple. Being an employer carries with it a number of obligations and it is important to know the ropes prior to even hiring your first employee. Read More »

 

DOL "Persuader" Rule Requires New Financial Reports for Lawyers and Clients - June 21, 2016

The Department of Labor ("DOL") has issued a statutory interpretation or rule regarding "persuaders" hired by employers to assist the employer in dealing with a labor union. The rule went into effect at the end of April and it has already spawned three lawsuits and legislation in both houses of Congress to repeal it. Read More »

 

Hacked and Left Holding the Bag - Cyber Liability Issues - May 27, 2016

If you read any newspaper, trade publication or twitter feed, you know that ongoing concerns regarding cyber security continue to grow. We have seen an article in the New York Times discussing hacking of major law firms with the belief that some stolen information could facilitate insider trading and another about the termination of an employee of Iowa City Clinics for violating a popular athlete's girlfriend's medical privacy. Read More »

 

Exempt or Not Exempt - That is the $47,476 Question - May 18, 2016

On May 18th, the DOL issued its new rule raising the minimum annual base under which employees in these categories can qualify for one of these exemptions to overtime. Read More »

 

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