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April 4, 2014

National “Equal Pay Day” is observed on April 8, 2014. To commemorate Equal Pay Day, the United States Senate plans to hold a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The stated purpose of the Paycheck Fairness Act is to enhance the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to take further steps... Read More

December 23, 2013

This term, the Iowa Supreme Court will likely decide appeals in employment-related cases, including cases interpreting the Iowa Civil Rights Act. In September 2013, the Court heard oral argument in Pippen, et al. v. State of Iowa, et al. This appeal followed a month-long bench trial in a class-action lawsuit. The... Read More

December 20, 2013

The holidays seem to put everyone in a giving mood, including many employers who give holiday or year-end bonuses to employees. These generous employers should be aware that certain federal and state laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”),... Read More

December 19, 2013

This year we have had to tackle quite a few difficult situations with romantic relationships in the workplace. It’s hard to say that the number of romances in the workplace has increased over the years, but many employers’ desire to address them has. One of the major problems with relationships in... Read More

December 18, 2013

Along with the holidays, this time of year often brings winter weather issues for many employers. How do you handle weather related closings? What if your business remains open but employees cannot get to work? Do you pay employees under such circumstances? The best defense to winter weather is a good... Read More

December 17, 2013

As 2014 approaches, we can predict the coming trends in wage and hour litigation. This list of “hot spots” can serve as a shorthand audit checklist to identify potential areas of risk: The seamless workday. Non-exempt employees who “log in from home” or “empty inboxes” outside of regular hours may be... Read More

December 16, 2013

One of the hottest areas in employment law in 2013 was how employers dealt with employees’ use of social media in the workplace. This trend will continue in 2014 as more employees go online to social media websites while working and courts struggle to balance the interests of employers and... Read More

December 13, 2013

Year end is a good time to review employees’ use of leave time under the Family and Medical Leave Act and ensure your calculations are correct. Employees are entitled to 12 weeks of leave under the Act. The first thing you need to do is determine what basis you are... Read More

December 12, 2013

If any perception appears to be universal, it is that some employees seem to be able to persuade some physicians to impose or lift any physical restrictions that the employee wants. The courts continue to affirm that the Americans with Disabilities Act does not require an employer to permit an... Read More

December 11, 2013

The holiday season reminds us of all the joy a newborn brings to the world. On a more practical note, the season may also remind employers of a growing number of laws implicated by pregnant or recently pregnant employees. Below are a few thoughts to keep in mind when reviewing... Read More

 
 
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