The IRS "QuickAlerts" email list serve notified anxious employers June 30, 2016 that the ACA Information Returns (AIR) system will continue to accept returns filed after June 30, 2016. In some cases, penalties associated with the submission of the late ACA information returns may be avoided if the employer can...Read More about Affordable Care Act Reporting Air System Will Continue to Accept Filings
UPCOMING SEMINAR Title IX for Higher Education Friday, September 16, 2016 Registration - 8:30 am Seminar - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Hilton Garden Inn 8600 Northpark Drive Johnston, Iowa 50131 This seminar is for Higher Education Administrators, Title IX Coordinators and Investigators of all experience levels. The seminar will...Read More about Title IX for Higher Education - Client Seminar - September 16, 2016
UPCOMING SEMINAR Post-Issuance Compliance Training for Bonds Friday, October 7, 2016 Registration - 8:30 am Seminar - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Hilton Garden Inn 205 S. 64th Street West Des Moines, IA 50266 General topics to be addressed: Tax Issues Recordkeeping; Allocation Issuer Obligations for the Life of Bonds...Read More about Post-Issuance Compliance Training for Bonds - Client Seminar - October 7, 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...Read More about Changes to Iowa's Public Bidding Law - Effective July 1, 2016
On May 2, 2016, the EEOC issued a Fact Sheet entitled "Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964." Title VII is a federal law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, national origin, religion, and sex. Dating back to...Read More about New EEOC Guidance on Workplace Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees
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...Read More about Maria Brownell Joins Ahlers & Cooney as an Associate Attorney
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...Read More about New Federal Guidance on Non-Discrimination in Education: Transgender Students Entitled to Protection from Discrimination on the Basis of "Sex"
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...Read More about Website Accessibility for the Disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Delay in DOJ Regulations, but Uptick in (Threatened) Litigation
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,...Read More about Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Rule Under the Fair Labor Standards Act: "Salary Threshold" for Exempt Employees Raised
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...Read More about Open Meetings Law Update