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, www.davisbrownlaw.com/IowaEmploymentLaw.

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HR Quick Take: Helicopter Parents - November 19, 2020

Q: I have a young employee. Her mother just called and wanted to talk to me about her work performance and also to get a copy of her personnel file. What am I supposed to do? Read More »

Common Problems in Employment Manuals - November 18, 2020

Employment manuals should be easy to understand. Trying to cover potential liability is important, but so is practicality. Read More »

Remote Work, Masks, Mitigation, and Limits: Employer COVID-19 Obligations - November 17, 2020

The Governor’s most recent proclamation directs Iowa businesses and employers to take appropriate precautions to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. Read More »

HR Quick Take: Employee Biometric Data - October 21, 2020

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 »

HR Quick Take: Accommodations for Drug Testing - October 14, 2020

Q: We have an Iowa Code 730.5 compliant drug testing program. However, we have an applicant who, due to health condition, cannot provide a urine sample for drug testing. Can we just disqualify him? Read More »

HR Quick Take: Gifts to Public Employees - October 7, 2020

Q: We are a public entity employer that is considered "essential" during the pandemic. A local bank wanted to give our employees gift cards to recognize their service to our community. Is this a problem because they are public employees? Read More »

Iowa Updates COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance - September 30, 2020

In a press conference on September 29, IDPH changed its definition of "close" contact to exclude individuals who are wearing masks. Read More »

HR Quick Take: Personnel Files - September 25, 2020

Q: If an employee quits and applies for jobs with other employers, do I have to provide a reference or share information in their personnel file? Read More »

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 »

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