On May 12, 2011, Governor Branstad signed SF 289, an act relating to open records and public meetings. It is effective immediately. Several significant changes include: Public Notice -- Iowa Code section 21.4 now applies the notice requirement to reconvened meetings of the governmental body unless the meeting was reconvened...Read More about Changes to Iowa's Open Meetings and Open Records Law
Thus far in 2011, the Supreme Court has issued three noteworthy employment law decisions, holding: 1. Third-party retaliation claims are actionable under Title VII; 2. Employers can be liable for discrimination even if the ultimate decision maker was free from discriminatory animus; and 3. The Fair Labor Standards Act’s antiretaliation...Read More about Supreme Court Issues Three Noteworthy Employment Law Decisions
http://www.businessrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=33&SubSectionID=96&ArticleID=13389 To see the Supreme Court Decision Click Below: http://www.iowacourtsonline.org/Supreme_Court/Recent_Opinions/20110506/09-1147.pdfRead More about Business Record Article Reviews Ivan Webber's Victory in the Iowa Supreme Court
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) published final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (“ADAAA”) on March 25, 2011. The ADAAA became effective on January 1, 2009, but does not apply retroactively. The full text of the ADAAA is available online, as is the full text of...Read More about EEOC Issues Final Regulations Under the ADAAA
http://www.dmbusinessrecord.com/main.asp?SectionID=33&SubSectionID=96&ArticleID=13273&TM=55060.4Read More about Judge Michael Streit featured in Business Record article entitled "Moving On"
Kristin Billingsley Cooper has become associated with Ahlers & Cooney P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa.
Des Moines, Iowa (April 4, 2011) Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit has joined the law firm of Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. as Of Counsel in its Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations practice area. "We look forward to working with Judge Streit at Ahlers & Cooney. Our clients...Read More about Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit Joins Ahlers & Cooney
Iowa's recent ban on text messaging while driving is a clear message that Iowa will not tolerate distracted driving. The new law states, "A person shall not use a hand-held electronic communication device to write, send, or read a text message while driving a motor vehicle unless the motor vehicle...Read More about Employer Liability for Work-Related Cell Phone Use
Every year, the American Bar Association's Section of Labor & Employment Law's Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee compiles summaries of significant employment-case-law developments for the year. Amanda Wachuta contributed to the 2010 reports of the Subcommittee on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (which can be accessed here) Subcommittee on...Read More about Summary of 2010 FMLA Cases Provides Valuable Resource to Employers and Employment Attorneys
As you may have seen on the news or read in the paper, on January 1, 2011, certain amendments to the Iowa Code provisions governing carrying weapons went into effect. In a nutshell, the amendments made it easier to get a non-professional permit to carry weapons in the State of...Read More about The Impact on Employers of the New Iowa "Concealed Carry" Law