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Category: Employment Law

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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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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My court date is when?

Aug 11, 2016

Category: General Law

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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Category: Employment Law

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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Category: Family Law

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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Category: Employment Law

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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Category: School Law

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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Category: Employment Law

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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Category: Employment Law

Almost two years ago, the President signed a “Presidential Memorandum” which directed the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) to update the regulations regarding the so called “white collar” salary exemption from overtime. The DOL reports on its website that it “embarked on an extensive outreach program, conducting listening sessions in Washington, DC, and several other locations, as well as by conference call … attended by a wide range of stakeholders: employees, employers, business associations, non-profit organizations, employee advocates, unions, state and local government representatives, tribal representatives, and small business … to address, among other issues: (1) what is the appropriate salary level for exemption; (2) what if any changes should be made to the duties tests; and (3) how the regulations could be simplified.”

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On December 28, 2015, the IRS delayed the dates by which employers must submit 1095-C forms to their employees and to the IRS. Employers must now provide Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to employees by March 31, 2016 (was previously February 1, 2016). Additionally, employers now have until May 31, 2016, to file hard copy Forms 1094-B and 1094-C with the IRS (was previously February 29, 2016) and until June 30, 2016, to electronically file Forms 1094-B and 1094-C with the IRS (was previously March 31, 2016).

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