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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Over the last couple weeks, we have looked at the Iowa Civil Rights Commission procedure for employers when current or former employees allege discrimination in the workplace. There are a few things important for employers to consider as they respond to an ICRC complaint: handling of documentation and your responsibilities to protect the complainant and any other employees who support the complaint. Read More »
The point that many employers fear - receiving a complaint from the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. An employee has alleged that they have been a subject to discrimination in your workplace. Last week, we covered the initial complaint. This week, we are looking at the outcome of that initial action, the Initial Determination.
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