Employment Law and Labor Relations

"Impeccable reputation and knowledgeable attorneys...ability to address any legal issue and provide outstanding customer service.”

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Davis Brown partners with businesses of all sizes and industries offering practical advice on day-to-day and complex employment matters. The firm offers a depth of experience in all aspects of the employment relationship, including:

  • Accommodations and work restrictions
  • Civil rights
  • Collective bargaining and labor contracts
  • Compensation systems
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Drug and alcohol testing including medical cannabidiol
  • Employee benefits
  • Hiring, termination, and discipline
  • Immigration
  • Investigations
  • Leave issues
  • Non-compete agreements 
  • Policies, manuals, and handbooks
  • Retaliation
  • Unemployment claims and benefits
  • Trade secrets
  • Wage and hour
  • Whistleblower
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Wrongful discharge/termination

Clients consider their Davis Brown employment attorneys a member of their team providing practical, useful advice on how to navigate and comply with local, state, and federal laws:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA/ADAAA)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Act (EEO/EEOC)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA) 
  • Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Act
  • Iowa Right to Work statute
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA/NLRB)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Wage Payment Collections (Ch. 91A) 

Litigation and Administrative Law

 “They're really efficient, communicative and very responsive.” 

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The goal is to help employers obtain the best outcome in each claim they face. The team works with clients to evaluate the specifics of the matter to determine if settling the claim is best to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation, or if it becomes unavoidable, the team has extensive experience in litigating employment defense claims

Davis Brown is also well-versed in Iowa employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) defense, acting as panel and claims defense counsel for insurers and TPAs in Iowa. The firm has represented hundreds of insurance companies and their insureds, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Attorneys represent employers in state, federal, and appellate courts as well as before the EEOC, Iowa Civil Rights Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Iowa Employment Relations Board, Iowa Department of Workforce Development (unemployment, labor, workers' compensation matters), Iowa professional licensing agencies, and local civil and human rights commissions.

The department also has experience serving as local counsel when national or out-of-state employers need to defend employment claims in Iowa courts or before Iowa administrative bodies. Davis Brown attorneys manage the local case in collaboration with your counsel based elsewhere.

Collective Bargaining and Labor Unions

"I have worked with other lawyers and firms, but I prefer working with Davis Brown due to their professionalism, organization, and knowledge."

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Davis Brown labor law attorneys offer experience in complex and sophisticated labor issues –advising and representing employers of all sizes in connection with collective bargaining agreements, contract negotiations, grievance arbitrations, and National Labor Relations or Iowa Employment Relations Board proceedings.

Employment Law for Start-Ups and Emerging Companies

Davis Brown provides a number of services through the Start-Up Launchpad website for new and growing businesses:

  • Confidentiality and invention assignment agreements
  • Employee manuals
  • Employee offer letters
  • Equity plans
  • Interview checklists
  • Job Descriptions
  • Restricted stock agreements
  • Employee benefits
  • Employment agreements
  • Immigration services
  • Stock option agreements

Education and Training

“A depth of knowledge on fast-moving topics,” 

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The attorneys of the Employment and Labor Relations Department regularly offer educational and training opportunities for clients as well as trade association conference and professional affiliation groups. Presentations focus on real-world examples to illustrate strategies business leaders, managers, corporate counsel, and human resource professionals can use to deal with changes and nuances of employment law.

Attorneys also contribute to the Davis Brown Employment and Labor Law Blog another resource for Iowa human resource professionals and businesses to stay on top of the latest trends and changes in employment law. In addition to writing for the blog, Department Chair Jo Ellen Whitney and shareholder Michele Brott are Editors of the Iowa Employment Law Letter.