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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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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 »


One Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes to Grief and Bereavement Leave - June 27, 2018

The nightmare scenarios are endless - your spouse dies of cancer, your child is in a car accident, your mother is assaulted, a death occurs. You are staggered, overwhelmed and you turn to your company's bereavement policy to find three days paid leave for the death of an immediate family member. Say what?!? Can every employee really be back and productive in that period of time? Does one size really fit all? Read More »


Code Words and Causation - Avoiding an Age Discrimination Claim - May 30, 2018

Age discrimination is a significant issue nationally, including within the state of Iowa. AARP surveys report that nearly two-thirds of workers age 55-64 say their age was a barrier to getting a job. In 2016, 318 age claims were filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission according to the ICRC 2016 aggregated statistics, putting age discrimination in the top five type of claims filed that year. Age issues frequently rely on both implicit and overt workplace issues, sometimes making them difficult to spot. Read More »


Drugs, Lies, and Videotape: Drug Diversion, Part II - May 9, 2018

This is part two of a two-part series covering drug diversion In Iowa. Last week, we started with an overview of key questions and considerations when there is a drug diversion issue. This week, we'll cover what to consider if the drugs were stolen or adulterated. Read More »


Drugs, Lies, and Videotape: Drug Diversion - May 4, 2018

You are at your desk when you get the call from the pharmacy, maybe from where a med unit sits, or most terrifyingly, from the floor, and you're told a patient didn't get pain relief or has had a reaction to a drug which may or may not been the one prescribed. Your stomach drops and you reach for the extra-large tub of acid relievers that every compliance manager keeps on their desk. Read More »


New ERISA Regulations Effective April 1: Disability Determinations Under Employer Sponsored Benefit Plans - March 26, 2018

On April 1, 2018, employer sponsored plans subject to ERISA and providing a benefit contingent on a disability determination will need to comply with new rules finalized by the Department of Labor (DOL). The new rules were originally to take effect January 1. Read More »


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