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.
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?
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Employment manuals should be easy to understand. Trying to cover potential liability is important, but so is practicality. Read More »
The Governor’s most recent proclamation directs Iowa businesses and employers to take appropriate precautions to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
In a press conference on September 29, IDPH changed its definition of "close" contact to exclude individuals who are wearing masks. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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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