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New and amended Iowa statutes went into effect on July 1, 2015. Included in that legislation is an amendment to Iowa Code section 670.4 that insulates municipalities from liability due to injuries from sledding accidents. Iowa Code section 670.4 previously protected municipalities from liability in claims related to skateboarding, in-line skating, bicycling, unicycling, scootering, river rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. However, sledding was not included in the list of activities. The new legislation substitutes “recreational activities” for the list of specific activities, which includes sledding, provided that any injuries or damages are the result of the normal and expected risks inherent in the recreational activity and the individual engaged in the recreational activity was voluntarily on public property when the injuries or damages occurred.

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Bereavement Leave 101

Jul 01, 2015

Category: Employment Law

Did you see the article entitled “Lack of regulation leads to varying bereavement leave policies” in the June 20, 2015 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette? I was quoted in the article. Gazette reporter Maddy Arnold wrote about the fact that identical bills to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act to include the Parental Bereavement Act of 2015 were introduced in both houses of Congress in May, 2015. That Act would permit employees to take up to twelve work weeks of leave within twelve months of the death of a son or daughter. Online prognosis of the chance this legislation would be enacted: “0%.” There’s a Facebook page dedicated to this initiative “created by two grieving dads who simply want the option of 12 weeks of unpaid time off work when one loses a child.”

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