Employee DOL Guidance on 'Suffer or Permit to Work'

New DOL Guidance Highlights The Importance of Appropriately Classifying Workers As Employees, Independent Contractors: Broad Definition of "Employment" Means that Most Workers Will Be "Employees" Under the FLSA. Appropriate classification of workers is an important issue for employers, especially because the penalties for misclassification can be substantial. On July 15,...
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Employee Wellness Plans

On April 13, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued proposed new rules regarding employee wellness plans and how employers may promote employee participation through incentives while remaining compliant under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). See Amendments to Regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 80 Fed. Reg....
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Transgender Issues In The Workplace

With Bruce Jenner-the Olympic athlete and reality television star-recently announcing that she was transitioning into her female identity, Caitlyn, transgender issues have resurged in news and popular media. Now, more than ever, employers should be aware of laws and policies which may affect current or future transgender employees. To begin,...
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Attorney Rebecca Reif Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Des Moines, Iowa (May 27, 2015) Rebecca Reif has joined the Ahlers & Cooney law firm as a member of the firm’s Employment & Labor Law, Higher Education, and K-12 Education practice areas. In the area of employment law, Rebecca serves clients in strategic planning and litigation related to employment...
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Drake Student Wins Inaugural Ahlers & Cooney Art Competition

Des Moines, Iowa (May 5, 2015) Drake University student, Evelyn Tomer, won the First Annual Ahlers & Cooney Student Art Competition at a reception on April 24, 2015. Tomer’s entry, Discourse (No. 2), will be prominently displayed in the offices of Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. for the remainder of 2015....
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Miriam Van Heukelem Elected Shareholder at Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Des Moines, Iowa (February 23, 2015) Miriam Van Heukelem was recently elected shareholder at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C. Miriam is a member of the K-12 Education practice area. She provides public schools in Iowa with comprehensive legal representation. Miriam has worked on claims involving numerous kinds of discrimination and harassment...
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Attorney Ann Smisek Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Des Moines, Iowa (January 6, 2015) Ann Smisek has joined the Ahlers & Cooney law firm as a member of the Firm’s Employment & Labor Law and K-12 Education practice areas, and will work with public bodies and school districts. Ann counsels clients on various personnel matters regarding potential violation...
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Attorney Conner Wasson Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Des Moines, Iowa (November 14, 2014) Conner Wasson has joined the Ahlers & Cooney law firm as an Associate in the firm’s Corporate, Business & Tax practice area. Conner’s practice focuses on environmental law, employee benefits, contract negotiation and real estate transactions. His practice includes advising businesses, non-profit organizations and...
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Attorney Jason Comisky Joins Ahlers & Cooney Law Firm

Des Moines, Iowa (August 18, 2014) Jason Comisky has joined the Ahlers & Cooney law firm as an Associate in the firm’s Public Finance & Law and Corporate, Business & Tax practice areas. Within the Public Finance & Law practice area, Jason works closely with cities and counties on urban...
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Accessing Data Stored in Student Cell Phones

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in Riley v. California that police generally may not, without a warrant, search digital information on a cell phone seized from an individual who has been arrested. Although the Riley opinion contemplates cell phone searches of individuals in police custody, the Court's holding rests...
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