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 The withdrawn statements are: The Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence, issued by the Department on April 4, 2011; and...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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PERB Emergency Rules Regarding Union Retention and Recertification Elections

On July 20 and 24, the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) held public meetings to receive comments and questions on drafted emergency administrative rules addressing union retention and recertification elections created by the February 17, 2017 amendments to Chapter 20. Several union representatives attended these meetings and offered public...
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PERB Clarifies Meaning of "Base Wages" and "Supplemental Pay"; Addresses Impact on Salary Schedules and Supplemental Schedules

On May 17, 2017, the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) issued two rulings that clarify its interpretation of the new law relating to the mandatory, permissive, and illegal subjects of collective bargaining for non-public safety public employees.

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Drake Law School announces new Law Opportunity Leadership Program for diverse students

Drake University Law School is partnering with Des Moines-area employers to establish the Law Opportunity Leadership Program. The program, which will begin in fall 2017, provides internships, mentorship, and leadership training for five qualified Drake Law students from underrepresented groups. “Drake is committed to helping students of all backgrounds succeed...
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Legislature Enacts Drastic Changes to Iowa Workers' Compensation Laws

By: Attorneys Jennifer Clendenin, Nick Pellegrin and Andrew Tice Iowa has recently enacted new workers' compensation laws that will significantly change the responsibilities of employers and their carriers. These changes apply to injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2017. This alert addresses several of the most significant changes, but...
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The New Look of Iowa's Chapter 20

By: Attorney Aaron Hilligas I. Categories of Representation: Public Safety Employee and Non-Public Safety Employee Bargaining Units The modification of Chapter 20 creates different bargaining rights for Public Safety Employee units and Non-Public Safety Employee units. Public Safety Employee bargaining units have much broader bargaining rights than Non-Public Safety Employee...
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