May
19
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On May 17, 2017, the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board issued rulings in two pending negotiability disputes involving the Columbus Community School District and the Oskaloosa Community School District. The issues in those cases involved the negotiability of salary schedules and supplemental salary schedules under the new provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 20. PERB made the following rulings regarding the specific subjects of bargaining at issue:
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Jan
28
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4.2 years. That’s the median number of years that employees stay with an employer as of January 2016 according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s down from 4.6 years in January 2014 and January 2012. The median number of years had been trending up since 2000 when the median was 3.5 years. Interesting, but what’s that mean for employers? It means you have to deal with employees coming and going. Let’s focus on the going: when an employee leaves, they can take clients with them unless employers take steps to protect those relationships. This can be done through a contract containing a “covenant” (or promise) not to compete. In Iowa, it is a best practice to condition hiring or receiving a promotion on signing the contract not compete. However, courts in this jurisdiction have found that an employee’s continued employment is sufficient consideration to support the contract.
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Dec
22
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As we informed readers in a previous post on the Lynch Dallas, P.C. blog, “on May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued final rules relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) that updated the minimum salary amount that is required for an employee to be considered “exempt” under the FLSA. Under the final rules, the DOL increased the minimum salary amount for employees performing certain duties to be considered exempt from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year).”
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Oct
31
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According to recent federal and state data, about 1.4 million adults living in the United States identify as transgender. This is double the amount estimated five years ago by The Williams Institute survey. In Iowa the percentage was lower than most states at 0.31%. The highest percentage was in California with 0.76%.
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Aug
11
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Clients often ask me when their trial is or when their matter can be heard before the court. This is obviously a tough question to answer because it depends on the resources of our court system. Some hearings may be heard in a few months, whereas trials may be set a year to two years from the date of the trial setting conference.
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Jul
15
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The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that more than 500,000 veterans have been hired through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program. As part of the announcement, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez discussed efforts to create employment opportunities for veterans, claiming it has become an “all hands on deck” enterprise. That is good news, as it is estimated that more than 2 million veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and veteran unemployment rates are around twice the national average.
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Jun
23
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Getting through a child custody case the first time is hard enough. More often than not emotions have run high, feelings have been hurt, and a family begins to adjust to the new normal. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon that those same families will return to seek legal assistance. In such situations a child custody arrangement can be modified.
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Jun
02
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On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued final rules relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) that updated the minimum salary amount that is required for an employee to be considered “exempt” under the FLSA. Under the final rules, which will go into effect on December 1, 2016, the DOL increased the minimum salary amount for employees performing certain duties to be considered exempt from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year). The DOL also put into place a mechanism by which the minimum salary amount will be updated every three years.
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Jun
02
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On May 13, 2016, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague letter that summarized a school district’s Title IX obligations regarding transgender students. While the Dear Colleague letter provides guidance on what the Department of Education has determined to be required practices relating to transgender students, Iowa laws and policies already required similar practices.
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Jun
02
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On May 9, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a memorandum entitled “Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act”. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), any employer with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities that require such accommodations due to their disabilities.
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