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Senior Shareholder Jo Ellen Whitney Presents Day-Long Seminar to Mercy Health Network Leaders - November 12, 2015

On Friday, November 6, Jo Ellen Whitney, chair of the firm’s employment and labor relations department, presented a day-long seminar to leaders of Mercy Health Network affiliate hospitals.  At the seminar, Jo Ellen presented information on employment topics including reference checks, independent contractors, leave issues including the ADA, FMLA, and bereavement leave, environmental issues, HIPAA and electronic records. Jo Ellen answered questions including how to handle employees’ use of social media and who in divorced and blended families has a right to a child’s personal health information.


Mercy Health Network is a statewide system comprised of 37 hospitals, 142 physician clinics with 625 physicians and thousands of employees including Mercy Hospital in downtown Des Moines, Mercy West in West Des Moines and other facilities in Sioux City, Mason City, Dubuque, Clinton, Centerville, Dyersville, and more.