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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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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 »


U.S. Supreme Court Rules on ERISA Reimbursement Case - January 20, 2016

The decision handed down today by the U.S. Supreme Court in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan could have a great impact on health insurance plans, but also reinforces the importance of attorneys following time tested practices in cases involving ERISA law. Read More »


Will A Court Think You Are Naughty or Nice This Holiday Season? - December 2, 2015

Religious discrimination cases have been all over the headlines in 2015. The most recognizable case involves Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses in protest of the legalization of same-sex marriage. Read More »


National Labor Relations Board Decision Erases 30 Years of Joint Employment Precedent - September 18, 2015

The recent NLRB decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. et al. v. Sanitary Truck Drivers and Helpers Local 350, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, erased 30 years of precedent on joint employment. Read More »


Is Your Employee Handbook a Liability Shield or a Welcome Mat? Don't Let the NLRB Be the Center of Attention - April 21, 2015

Employers, attorneys, and human resource managers are bewildered at the National Labor Relations Board's ("NLRB") recent memo issued March 18, 2015. Instead of putting the entire spotlight on the NLRB, here are five employee handbook essentials. Read More »


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