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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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Retirement Plan Amendments During COVID-19 - July 9, 2020

Employers may reduce or eliminate retirement plan contributions in the face of COVID-19 economic struggles, but should they? Read More »


HR Quick Take: Who can certify FMLA leave? - July 8, 2020

Q: I have a pregnant employee whose Chiropractor has now certified her to be off from work during the remainder of her pregnancy. Can a Chiropractor certify pregnancy treatment? Read More »


IRS Clarifies Retirement Account Changes from the CARES Act - June 25, 2020

The CARES Act made some significant changes to retirement accounts, this week the IRS published two notices that provide further guidance and clarification on what this means for employers and participants. Read More »


HR Quick Take: Employee Biometric Data - June 24, 2020

Q: We need to implement a new time clock system this year and there are some easy to use ones that use fingerprints, retina scans, or hand scans. I know biometrics are a big issue - does Iowa limit the use of biometric data for employee purposes - such as time clock use? Read More »


What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - Issues with Subjective Performance Standards - June 23, 2020

Subjective interviewing methods can create liability for employers. A recent Iowa case provides lessons for employers are they create promotion and hiring processes and policies. Read More »


HR Quick Take: Employee Personnel Files - June 17, 2020

Q: I have an employee who just quit and decided to take her personnel folder with her. Is this ok? Read More »


Health Law Quick Take: Volunteers and Paid Employees - June 3, 2020

Q: As we reopen our hospital more fully, we are looking at the role of our volunteers. Can we bring back volunteers, even if some paid employees are still on a furlough/layoff? Read More »


Growing Fears May Equal Growing Efforts to Unionize - May 28, 2020

Growing employee health and safety concerns could give rise to a wave of union organizing activity in the coming months. Read More »


HR Quick Take: PPP and FTE - May 27, 2020

Q: Our company was fortunate to receive a PPP loan but now during our ramp up for work several employees have either voluntarily quit and at least one was terminated. How does that effect our PPP payment obligations? Read More »


FSA and Health Insurance Mid-Year Changes Allowed - May 14, 2020

Earlier this week, the IRS released new guidance allowing certain mid-year election change events under an employer's cafeteria plan in calendar year 2020 for group health plan coverage, health flexible spending accounts, and dependent care assistance programs. Read More »


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