SEC Approves Amendments to Continuing Disclosure Rule 15c2-12

By Attorney Beth Grob Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Rule 15c2-12 (the "Rule") requires dealers, when underwriting certain types of municipal securities, to ensure that the state or local government issuing the bonds enters into an agreement to provide certain information to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board ("MSRB") about the...
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Recertification Election Process for Collective Bargaining Agreements That Expire On June 30, 2019 - Note Important 2018 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, 2019. 1. On August 27, 2018, the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) will send emails notifying those public employers with a collective bargaining agreement scheduled...
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Iowa Legislature's "Resolution" for County Proceedings Publication Requirements: Publishing Summarized Resolutions and Internet Postings

Effective July 1, 2018 By attorneys Jenna Bishop and Jason Comisky On May 4, 2018, Governor Reynolds signed into law Senate File 2227 giving Iowa counties a new option when publishing Board of Supervisors proceedings, but also imposing a new requirement for those counties that maintain a website. An Option:...
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Failure to Comply with New Immigration Law Could Result in Denial of State Funds

By attorneys Maria Brownell and Kristine Stone Failure to comply with new law requiring local entities to cooperate with federal authorities in the enforcement of immigration laws could result in denial of State funds. On April 10, 2018, Governor Reynolds signed into law Senate File 481, an Act relating to...
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Government Lease-Purchase Agreements Now Subject to Competitive Bidding

By attorneys Jenna Bishop, Maria Brownell, Danielle Haindfield, Kristine Stone and Carrie Weber On April 4, 2018, House File 2253 (HF 2253), a bill making changes to public construction bidding requirements for property acquired by lease-purchase by government entities, was signed into law by the Governor. This change in the...
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The Department of Labor Adopts New (Old) Test for Unpaid Interns vs. Employees

By attorneys Emily Kolbe, Rebecca Reif and Lindsay Vaught On January 5, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Press Release regarding its test for determining when interns or externs working for "for-profit" employers are in fact employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Previously, the DOL had...
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U.S. Department of Education Withdraws Hallmark Title IX Guidance, Pending Rulemaking Process

By Attorneys Emily Kolbe and Rebecca Reif On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education issued a "Dear Colleague" letter withdrawing two previous statements of policy/guidance on Title IX. The withdrawn statements are: The Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence, issued by the Department on April 4, 2011; and...
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FLSA Update: Texas Federal Court Judge Issues Ruling, Likely Means the End of New FLSA Overtime Rules

By Rebecca Reif On Thursday, August 31, 2017, a federal district court judge issued a ruling which effectively kills the Obama-era overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This ruling comes after the same judge issued a preliminary injunction in November which halted implementation of the rules while...
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