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
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...Read More about SEC MCDC Initiative/Issuer Settlements
REGISTER NOW AHLERS & COONEY, P.C. HOT TOPICS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW CLIENT SEMINAR 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 Des Moines Botanical Center 909 Robert D. Ray Drive Des Moines, IA 50309 REGISTER NOW Note: We are charging a nominal fee of $100 per person ($75...Read More about SAVE THE DATE: Ahlers & Cooney Special Education Client Seminar 2016
The IRS has good news for many employers. IRS Notice 2016-4 extends the due dates for applicable large employers and other reporting entities to file 2015 information reporting required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Large employers are still required to file information returns and otherwise comply with the ACA,...Read More about 2015 Affordable Care Act Reporting is Delayed