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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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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 »


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 »


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