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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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Update on Employer Wellness Incentives - January 8, 2018

Employers sponsoring wellness plans may see changes to the regulations authorizing these programs over the next year in light of a recent federal district court decision. Read More »


National Labor Relations Board Reverses Two Obama-Era Decisions - December 15, 2017

On Thursday, December 14, the National Labor Relations Board overturned two Obama-era decisions favoring employee and union rights over reasonable business decisions. Read More »


Employee Management Lessons From The Runway - October 20, 2017

Who knew you could pick up employee management lessons from the TV show Project Runway? Read More »


What Crawled Out from Under That Rock- Negligent References and Reporting Issues - October 13, 2017

Many employers faced with an employment termination decision look for the simplest process for termination, one that causes the least hardship for the employee and mitigates the most litigation risk for the employer, but the easy-way can sometimes cost you more than you are willing to pay. Read More »


Call Me Ishmael The Unending Quest for Perfect Employee Documentation - October 6, 2017

There are some amazing opening lines in literature, "Call me Ishmael," in Moby Dick, and "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," in A Tale of Two Cities. But, "you're fired," while memorable, isn't quite as clever and simply doesn't have the same resonance. Read More »


Can they Resign? Privacy Issues for Iowa Public Employers - August 30, 2017

In a post last week, we covered some of the implications of allowing an employee to resign rather than be terminated. House File 291, signed into law earlier this year by Governor Branstad greatly impacts public employers and has implications for terminations and resignations. Read More »


Can They Resign? Issues in Termination Discussions - August 24, 2017

Is it okay if the employee resigns? Odd question, right? Almost every employer would pretty much jump for joy if a problem employee decided to voluntarily resign instead of the dreaded termination discussion. Normally the question of allowing a resignation crops up when you are terminating an employee and that employee wants to be considered as having resigned. Like a lot of things in the law, the decision to call it a resignation could potentially have a huge impact or no impact at all. Read More »


Trump vs. Sessions: Constructive Discharge? 'We'll see what happens' - July 28, 2017

The very public feud between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions offers lessons for employers on the pitfalls of pushing out employees. Read More »


Try Not to be so Friendly: Current Issues in Interviews and Advertising - June 27, 2017

Many of us like to chat. We like to know what you're reading, how your kid's baseball season is going, and what kind of pie you like, but while hostesses love you at a cocktail party, chatting can lead to trouble, especially in the interview process. We all (hopefully) realize questions like, "Are you married?" are not acceptable, but some recent trends in advertising and interviews go further to limit what you can ask. Read More »


Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability - June 21, 2017

How many times have you heard employment counsel say, "update your job descriptions?" Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, "I feel like that's tattooed on my brain." Enough that you have actually done it? No? I thought so. Read More »


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