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2017 Davis Brown Spring Seminar

The 2017 Davis Brown Spring Seminar will be held on April 6, 2017. Save the date now; full invitation to come in early 2017.

Details from the 2016 Seminar

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Health law sessions check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. with a light breakfast provided

Health Law Presentations: 9:30-11:20 a.m.

Lunch and keynote speaker check-in begins at 11:00 a.m. (morning attendees do not need to re-check-in)

Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development

Employment Law Presentations: 1:00-4:00 p.m.


Please join us for the Davis Brown Spring Seminar featuring morning sessions on health law and afternoon sessions on employment law. You'll hear from our attorneys as they use real-world case studies to illustrate strategies for dealing with changes in employment and health law. The seminar is complimentary for firm clients and is intended for employers, managers, human resource professionals and corporate counsel. Please extend this invitation to others in your organization who may also benefit from attending.

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In an effort to stay green, we no longer provide seminar handouts to each participant.  Presentation slides are linked to each presentation below.

Attendance Certificates for CE credits

This seminar has been approved for 4 CLE credits. If you would like to request credits from your CE governing body (SHRM, HRCI, etc.), certificates of attendance are available now:

2016 Agenda

Health Law Presentations

9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Roundtable: Who got billed for the bedbugs? What got posted on the website? A quick roundup of frequently asked questions and hot topics in health care law | Amy R. Piepmeier, Craig O. Sieverding & Jo Ellen Whitney

2015, and by all appearances 2016, are years of continuing regulations, changes, rescinded contracts, and in general, uncertainty regarding what exactly the government wants and if it needs it in triplicate.  This is a panel discussion of ongoing questions and concerns facing the health care industry from new limits on who is an exempt employee to the Stark Law.

Roundtable: Update on Long Term Care State and Federal Enforcement Actions | Lynn Böes & Ken Watkins

This session will cover key issues relating to minimizing the financial impact of federal and state sanctions, corrected past non-compliance, and trends in the new IDR process.

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10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

Hacked, Cracked and Who is Left Holding the Bag? Cyber Security Issues from Investigation to Insurance Claims |  Jo Ellen Whitney & Sarah E. Crane

Every time you check your social media feed you see that yet another company has been hacked.  It's big business not just for the hackers but for security, retrieval and insurance companies.  This interactive session will look at both state and federal law issues as well as the interplay between institutional liability and insurance matters.

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Managed Care Contracting | Susan J. Freed & Craig O. Sieverding

This session will discuss problematic MCO contract provisions, negotiation tactics, and implementation issues, including those associated with Iowa's Medicaid managed care program.

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Involuntary Discharge Procedures and How to Avoid the Pitfalls | Lynn Böes & Ken Watkins

This session will include an overview of the discharge process with special focus on emergency discharges, notice requirements, and recent developments involving discharges involving court committed residents.

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Keynote Speaker

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Workforce 2016: Update and Evolution | Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development

A discussion of the multiple efforts underway to develop and maintain a vibrant, educated and productive workforce in Iowa.  Governor Branstad has established a goal of ensuring that 70% of Iowans have post-secondary training, education or certification by 2025.  The key to meeting this goal will be strategic partnerships, private and public, with a singular focus on the issue.  Educational institutions, legislators, employers, business organizations, and other state agencies must work together to meet current workforce education and employment needs, but also to predict what resources and opportunities will be needed in the next decade and beyond.

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Employment Law Presentations

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Drunk, High, and At Risk - Drug Testing and Medical or Not so Medical Marijuana | Maggie A. Hanson & Jo Ellen Whitney

Substance abuse is a complex legal landscape made more difficult by conflicting state and federal laws on certain drugs.  This session will look at the current Iowa law on substance testing, as well as national trends on how critical issues are being addressed in relation to workplace safety and ADA issues. We will also cover common workplace problems and excuses.  

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Recharging Batteries or A Revolving Door? Preventing Misuse and Abuse of Employee Leave | Kelsey K. Crosse

This session will focus on the everyday employee leave problems that employers struggle with on a regular basis - aside from the complex ADA and FMLA leave issues.  We will analyze the do's and don'ts of vacation leave policies in a variety of circumstances such as religious leave, personal leave, workers' compensation, and unexcused leave. We will also cover the various options available to employers when confronted with each situation, so that employers know when they can and can't take an aggressive action against the employee such as termination or deducting from his or her wages.

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Understanding Employee Surveillance Issues | Deborah M. Tharnish

This session will focus on an employer's ability to monitor what employees are doing (or not doing) and the limitations on and dangers of such surveillance.

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2:00-2:50 p.m.

The Law on Pregnancy Accommodations and Discrimination | Sarah K. Franklin & Maggie A. Hanson

Updates from 2015 court cases and guidance as to policies for pregnant workers.

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The Importance of Non-Disclosure Agreements in Protecting Intellectual Property | Allison E. Wallace

Learn the basics when it comes to non-disclosure agreements, including their importance and why most businesses should be using these agreements as a means to protect valuable intellectual property. 

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Employee Benefits Update | Susan J. Freed

This session will provide an update on current issues in employee benefit plans, including ACA implementation, recent regulatory developments, and important court decisions.

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3:00-3:50 p.m.

Who Bought a Ferrari with the Company Credit Card? Identity Theft in the Workplace - Problems and Changing Practices | Jo Ellen Whitney

This interactive session will look at issues of company theft, identity theft, and data security.  We'll also discuss current trends in dealing with these issues as well as pro-active policies to address potential concerns.

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Social Media and the NLRB | Becky S. Knutson

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Iowa Wage Hour Law | Gene La Suer

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