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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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Employee Management Lessons From The Runway - October 20, 2017

Who knew you could pick up employee management lessons from the TV show Project Runway? Read More »


What Crawled Out from Under That Rock- Negligent References and Reporting Issues - October 13, 2017

Many employers faced with an employment termination decision look for the simplest process for termination, one that causes the least hardship for the employee and mitigates the most litigation risk for the employer, but the easy-way can sometimes cost you more than you are willing to pay. Read More »


Call Me Ishmael The Unending Quest for Perfect Employee Documentation - October 6, 2017

There are some amazing opening lines in literature, "Call me Ishmael," in Moby Dick, and "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," in A Tale of Two Cities. But, "you're fired," while memorable, isn't quite as clever and simply doesn't have the same resonance. Read More »


Can they Resign? Privacy Issues for Iowa Public Employers - August 30, 2017

In a post last week, we covered some of the implications of allowing an employee to resign rather than be terminated. House File 291, signed into law earlier this year by Governor Branstad greatly impacts public employers and has implications for terminations and resignations. Read More »


Can They Resign? Issues in Termination Discussions - August 24, 2017

Is it okay if the employee resigns? Odd question, right? Almost every employer would pretty much jump for joy if a problem employee decided to voluntarily resign instead of the dreaded termination discussion. Normally the question of allowing a resignation crops up when you are terminating an employee and that employee wants to be considered as having resigned. Like a lot of things in the law, the decision to call it a resignation could potentially have a huge impact or no impact at all. Read More »


Trump vs. Sessions: Constructive Discharge? 'We'll see what happens' - July 28, 2017

The very public feud between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions offers lessons for employers on the pitfalls of pushing out employees. Read More »


Try Not to be so Friendly: Current Issues in Interviews and Advertising - June 27, 2017

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 »


Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability - June 21, 2017

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 »


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 »


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