New U.S Senate Law, COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Act: Who is Covered and What are the Expanded Paid Leave Benefits?

By Attorneys Rebecca Reif & Olivia Brooks In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States, the U.S. Senate passed the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act" on March 18, 2020, which has now been signed into law. The expanded leave provisions are to become effective within 15...
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Coronavirus FAQs for Employers

By Attorneys Aaron Hilligas & Ann Smisek GENERAL QUESTIONS Can an employer ask an employee if they have the coronavirus? The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires employers to furnish "employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause...
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Ahlers & Cooney Launches ACE Program

Through the ACE (Ahlers Cooney Excellence) Program, the Firm is committed to providing an environment in which employees can prosper both professionally and personally. We have created a collegial environment to work within. This greatly benefits our clients as we leverage our collective experience and work together across practice areas....
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FLSA Update: Salary Thresholds For "Exempt" Status From Overtime Updated - Effective January 1, 2020

By Attorneys Olivia Brooks, Rebecca Reif, and Lindsay Vaught On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule updating the thresholds for "exempt" status from overtime. Due to an increase in the salary threshold applicable to most "white collar" exempt employees, 1.3 million...
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Recertification Election Process for Collective Bargaining Agreements that Expire on June 30, 2020 - Note Important 2019 Dates

By Attorney Ann Smisek Here are the steps and important dates for the recertification election process for collective bargaining agreements that expire June 30, 2020. 1. NO LATER THAN AUGUST 26, 2019, the employer must electronically submit to the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) a collective bargaining agreement with...
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