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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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Trump Administration Takes Aim at H-1Bs - April 6, 2017

Besides the wall, another immigration-related theme made a frequent appearance in the presidential campaign: the H-1B visa. This program allows foreign nationals with a bachelor's degree or higher (or the equivalent in education and/or work experience) to perform "specialty occupations." Specialty occupations are those requiring at least a bachelor's degree in a particular field as the minimum qualification. This relatively small program has drawn out-sized attention over the years, but nothing like its recent fame. Read More »


Iowa Workers' Compensation Reform Update - April 5, 2017

Governor Branstad signed the workers' compensation reform bill into law Thursday, March 30. The bill affects injuries on or after July 1, 2017. Read More »


How a Comma Could Cost You - March 23, 2017

Few people actually remember all those pesky grammar rules we learned in school. But you can bet that a company in Maine will not be forgetting its comma rules anytime soon. Read More »


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 »


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