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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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Waiting for the COVID-19 Vaccine? Don't Waste Your Time, Create a Plan Now - September 17, 2020

There is a real possibility that the U.S. will approve a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months; however, there is debate as to when the vaccine will become public. When that happens, employers will face the question of whether to require employees to be vaccinated and need to start planning now. Read More »


HR Quick Take: Remote Work in Other States - September 16, 2020

If employees who normally work in Iowa are now working remotely in any other state, is the employer subject to those states' laws? Read More »


Reimbursing Employee Remote Work Costs - September 10, 2020

New questions and considerations continue to arise as a result of large portions of the workforce working remotely. What telework costs are reimbursable and what are not is state-specific. Read More »


HR Quick Takes: Drug Testing Policy - September 9, 2020

Q: One of our employees was acting funny, so I brought her into my office to ask her about drug use. She asked us to drug test her. Can we? Read More »


HR Quick Takes: Workers' Compensation and PTO - September 3, 2020

I have an employee who has been on work comp and has to leave in the afternoon to go to physical therapy. Does that come out of their PTO bank? Read More »


Trump's Payroll Tax Deferral - What Should Employers Do? - September 2, 2020

Recent IRS guidance answers some questions about the payroll tax deferral option, but employers still have uncertainty. Read More »


Back to School Brings a New Wave of COVID-19 Policies and Questions - September 1, 2020

With many families facing uncertainty involving their children's schools, the applicability of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (E-FMLEA) provided under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) is likely. Read More »


Health Law Quick Take: EMS Protocol - August 26, 2020

Q: Our ambulance was called to a scene where it was clear that the person had died a natural death. Then they were almost immediately called to another scene with multiple victims. It wasn't clear to our ambulance personnel if they could leave the deceased with next of kin so they could proceed to the next scene. What was the right thing to do? Read More »


Calling an employee a temp doesn't make it so - August 24, 2020

During the pandemic, more employers may turn to temporary employees, but they should pay careful attention to the circumstances in which the law's definition of temporary will impact an employer's obligations. Simply calling someone temporary doesn't make them temporary when they work for an extended period. Read More »


HR Quick Take: Can we tell employees to stay home? - August 19, 2020

Employees are starting to return to our offices. Can we require employees who live with, or are regularly exposed to essential workers to continue working remotely and not allow them back to the physical office? Read More »


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