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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, www.davisbrownlaw.com/IowaEmploymentLaw.




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A Wild Ride - Reviewing the 2017 Iowa Legislative Session for Employers - May 16, 2017

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 »

 

Employer Update: American Health Care Act - May 11, 2017

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 »

 

Governor Branstad Signs HF295 Preventing Municipalities from Adopting Higher Minimum Wages - May 5, 2017

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 »

 

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 »

 

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