2015 Affordable Care Act Reporting is Delayed

The IRS has good news for many employers. IRS Notice 2016-4 extends the due dates for applicable large employers and other reporting entities to file 2015 information reporting required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Large employers are still required to file information returns and otherwise comply with the ACA,...
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Proposed Regulations on Non-Exempt Employees and Overtime Requirements

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published new proposed regulations on the classification of exempt workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which could dramatically affect overtime requirements starting in 2016. With the Wage and Hour Division of the DOL publishing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for revisions...
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Employee DOL Guidance on 'Suffer or Permit to Work'

New DOL Guidance Highlights The Importance of Appropriately Classifying Workers As Employees, Independent Contractors: Broad Definition of "Employment" Means that Most Workers Will Be "Employees" Under the FLSA. Appropriate classification of workers is an important issue for employers, especially because the penalties for misclassification can be substantial. On July 15,...
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Employee Wellness Plans

On April 13, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued proposed new rules regarding employee wellness plans and how employers may promote employee participation through incentives while remaining compliant under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). See Amendments to Regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 80 Fed. Reg....
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Transgender Issues In The Workplace

With Bruce Jenner-the Olympic athlete and reality television star-recently announcing that she was transitioning into her female identity, Caitlyn, transgender issues have resurged in news and popular media. Now, more than ever, employers should be aware of laws and policies which may affect current or future transgender employees. To begin,...
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Attorney Rebecca Reif Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Des Moines, Iowa (May 27, 2015) Rebecca Reif has joined the Ahlers & Cooney law firm as a member of the firm’s Employment & Labor Law, Higher Education, and K-12 Education practice areas. In the area of employment law, Rebecca serves clients in strategic planning and litigation related to employment...
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Drake Student Wins Inaugural Ahlers & Cooney Art Competition

Des Moines, Iowa (May 5, 2015) Drake University student, Evelyn Tomer, won the First Annual Ahlers & Cooney Student Art Competition at a reception on April 24, 2015. Tomer’s entry, Discourse (No. 2), will be prominently displayed in the offices of Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. for the remainder of 2015....
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Miriam Van Heukelem Elected Shareholder at Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Des Moines, Iowa (February 23, 2015) Miriam Van Heukelem was recently elected shareholder at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. Miriam is a member of the K-12 Education practice area. She provides public schools in Iowa with comprehensive legal representation. Miriam has worked on claims involving numerous kinds of discrimination and harassment...
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Attorney Ann Smisek Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Des Moines, Iowa (January 6, 2015) Ann Smisek has joined the Ahlers & Cooney law firm as a member of the Firm’s Employment & Labor Law and K-12 Education practice areas, and will work with public bodies and school districts. Ann counsels clients on various personnel matters regarding potential violation...
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