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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SEC MCDC Initiative/Issuer Settlements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has already entered into settlements with 72 underwriters as part of the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative. The SEC now has started to contact issuers who may have made an MCDC filing and then will contact issuers who did not make an MCDC...
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