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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,

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Bargaining Obligations when Acquiring a Unionized Business - August 15, 2019

When a business acquires the assets of a unionized facility there are very few options for continuing operations of the business with the same employees without assuming the obligation to bargain with the union. Read More »


My Best Parenting Advice as Applied to Human Resources - August 13, 2019

I've been to a lot of baby showers lately where it seems like the parents-to-be are showered with as much advice as they are gifts. HR is in a similar situation: advice cascades from people about how to manage employees, how to address problems, and how to apply the latest and greatest new theory to HR management. Read More »


HR Quick Takes: My employee has the measles - August 7, 2019

Q: Can I keep an employee home if they have been exposed to the measles? Do I have to pay them? Read More »


The New Balancing Act - Assessing the Risks of Drug Testing for Marijuana - July 17, 2019

With a growing number of registered Medical Cannabidiol cardholders in Iowa, many employers are questioning if their hiring and drug-free workplace policies and practices need to be updated. Read More »


Iowa Code Chapter 20 Changes for Public Employers and Employee Organizations in Iowa - July 11, 2019

Last year, the Iowa legislature made significant changes to Iowa Code Chapter 20, the Public Employment Relations Act. The most significant is the scope of bargaining for certain public sector employees. Read More »


They're Back: How to Respond to Social Security Employer Correction Request Notices - May 6, 2019

EDCOR notices are triggered when an employer has at least one name and Social Security Number (SSN) combination submitted on Form W-2 that does not match SSA records. Read More »


They Spent Millions of Dollars and They Still Messed Up. It's Not the Mistake, it's the Recovery - April 22, 2019

Perception can be a powerful tool, either to motivate or to damage. In a rapidly changing social environment, failing to understand how perceptions are changing or how specific images or words affect others can have an extremely damaging effect on your company, whether through loss of clients or claims of discrimination. Read More »


Oh The Questions - DOL Opinion Letter re: FMLA leave designation - April 5, 2019

On March 14 the Department of Labor issued several opinion letters. Of particular concern was FMLA 2019-1-A which addresses designating paid leave as FMLA. Read More »


Deferred Compensation Considerations Within Employment Agreements - March 1, 2019

In addition to fundamental contract law, the language within an employment contract can, directly or indirectly, give rise to other issues including wage laws, taxation, discrimination, corporate law, confidentiality, non-competition, and employee benefits. Read More »


Where Did We Go Wrong? Planning for issues in employment agreements - February 20, 2019

When drafting executive agreements, it is easy to focus almost exclusively on benefits and wages, the popular areas, without properly addressing some of the legal concerns that have grown over the last several years. Read More »


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