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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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Yo Momma Smack Down - Where are we on that whole civility thing? - October 18, 2019

Can you require civility in the workplace? The EEOC and NLRB have opinions. Read More »


HR Quick Takes: Limiting Overtime - October 17, 2019

Q: An hourly employee has hit 40 hours at noon on Friday, can I send them home to avoid overtime? Read More »


HR Quick Takes: Blacklisting - October 8, 2019

Q: When I am hanging out with my HR friends, we frequently discuss employees we wish we'd never hired and that none of the rest of us should ever hire. Is this a problem? Read More »


HR Quick Takes: Non-Competes - October 2, 2019

Q: Are non-competes enforceable in Iowa? Read More »


HR Quick Takes: Surveillance cameras - September 24, 2019

Q: A product is missing, and I want to put up surveillance-can I do that? Read More »


HR Quick Takes: Sharing employee payroll information - September 11, 2019

Q: One of my employees is getting divorced and his spouse called asking for payroll and work schedule information. How do I respond? Read More »


When A Click Doesn't Count As Arbitration Acceptance - September 5, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently denied an employer's request to force arbitration. This case was about arbitration, but it teaches employers important lessons about how courts will interpret concepts like "agreements" when the employer's personnel documents are electronically stored and contain automated "acceptances." Read More »


HR Quick Takes: PTO donations - August 30, 2019

Q: Can one employee donate PTO to another? Read More »


Is Obesity an ADA-Covered Disability? Courts in Conflict - August 28, 2019

Is being morbidly obese a disability that would be covered by the ADA? Employers across the U.S. find themselves in a state of confusion given recent court decisions. Read More »


HR Quick Takes: PTO during notice period - August 22, 2019

Q: I am really tired of employees who quit and give the requested notice but aren't here because they take PTO. Then everyone has to scramble. Can I deny PTO? Read More »


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