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 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 American workers...
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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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"Conflict of Interest" Threshold for "Benefit" in Goods and Services Purchase Contracts Increased for School Districts, Counties, and Cities

By Attorney Jenna Sabroske Senate File 283, "Relating to Conflicts of Interest in Certain Government Public Contracts," was signed into law by Governor Reynolds on May 3, 2019 and will go into effect on July 1, 2019. Senate File 283 increases the amount of "benefit" that school board directors, county...
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