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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Many of us like to chat. We like to know what you're reading, how your kid's baseball season is going, and what kind of pie you like, but while hostesses love you at a cocktail party, chatting can lead to trouble, especially in the interview process. We all (hopefully) realize questions like, "Are you married?" are not acceptable, but some recent trends in advertising and interviews go further to limit what you can ask. Read More »
How many times have you heard employment counsel say, "update your job descriptions?" Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, "I feel like that's tattooed on my brain." Enough that you have actually done it? No? I thought so. Read More »
Like on The Monster at Adventureland, the 2017 legislative session was a thrill ride full of ups and downs for Iowa employers. Starting with the signing of the collective bargaining bill in February and continuing to last week's signing of the Fireworks bill, employers across the state have watched with amazement at the quick pace of this year's session and the sheer number of changes. Below is our list of the top 10 changes employers should be aware of. Read More »
Last week, Republicans got one step closer to repealing portions of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") when the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act ("AHCA"). Due to procedural issues and division within their own party, the American Health Care Act faces significant challenges in the Senate. Its provisions do shed light on the Republican strategy and types of reforms we may expect to see in any final legislation. Read More »
In March 2017, Governor Branstad signed HF295, a bill standardizing Iowa's minimum wage at $7.25 and preventing municipalities from adopting a minimum wage different from the Iowa standard. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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 »
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