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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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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 »


The Subpoena Quandary: Considerations for a Company After Receipt of a Subpoena - September 12, 2016

Standing at your front desk with a badge and gun is the local sheriff handing you an official looking document. While this scenario creates a dramatic and perhaps unbelievable picture, it does in fact often occur. How do you respond? Read More »


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 »


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