Affordable Care Act Reporting Air System Will Continue to Accept Filings

The IRS "QuickAlerts" email list serve notified anxious employers June 30, 2016 that the ACA Information Returns (AIR) system will continue to accept returns filed after June 30, 2016. In some cases, penalties associated with the submission of the late ACA information returns may be avoided if the employer can...
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Title IX for Higher Education - Client Seminar - September 16, 2016

UPCOMING SEMINAR Title IX for Higher Education Friday, September 16, 2016 Registration - 8:30 am Seminar - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Hilton Garden Inn 8600 Northpark Drive Johnston, Iowa 50131 This seminar is for Higher Education Administrators, Title IX Coordinators and Investigators of all experience levels. The seminar will...
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Changes to Iowa's Public Bidding Law - Effective July 1, 2016

Notice to Bidders Effective July 1, 2016, publication of a Notice to Bidders in a newspaper of general circulation will no longer satisfy Iowa law. As of July 1, 2016, governmental entities must "post" their Notice to Bidders not less than thirteen (13) and not more than forty-five (45) days...
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Maria Brownell Joins Ahlers & Cooney as an Associate Attorney

Des Moines, Iowa (May 24, 2016) Maria Brownell has joined Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. as an Associate Attorney. Maria is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Public Finance & Law practice areas, serving public entities including cities, city utilities, counties, school districts, special districts, and other local governments, as...
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New Federal Guidance on Non-Discrimination in Education: Transgender Students Entitled to Protection from Discrimination on the Basis of "Sex"

Recent guidance from the federal government has raised the question of what obligations public schools, colleges, and universities have with respect to transgender individuals. Since 2008, the Iowa Civil Rights Act has prohibited discrimination in employment and education based on an individual's "gender identity." However, federal anti-discrimination statutes have never...
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Website Accessibility for the Disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Delay in DOJ Regulations, but Uptick in (Threatened) Litigation

An ever-increasing amount of our daily life is being conducted online. Does this provide a disservice to those individuals who cannot, for example, hear online videos or read webpage content? It might, and the ability of disabled individuals to access web-based services and information is receiving increased attention under the...
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Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Rule Under the Fair Labor Standards Act: "Salary Threshold" for Exempt Employees Raised

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published its long-awaited final regulations updating the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime requirements. The new rules become effective December 1, 2016. The major changes, discussed in more detail below, include: An increase in the salary threshold for "white collar" administrative,...
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Open Meetings Law Update

On March 18, 2016, the Iowa Supreme Court majority opinion in Hutchison et. al v. Warren County adopted a new standard for determining when a "meeting" occurs under Iowa's Open Meetings law. Prior to this ruling, a bright line rule existed for determining when a "meeting" was subject to the...
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