Category: Labor & Employment

Changes Coming to the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Act

By Troy Howell On March 30, 2017, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed House File 518, which contains many changes to the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Act. The effective date for this new legislation is July 1, 2017. Here is a link to House File 518 which shows all the changes: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/LGR/87/HF518.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery. What are the major changes? While…

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Is the ACA in Your Mailbox? Reading Between the Lines on Marketplace Subsidy Notices

By: Tim Gulbranson As the multi-year phase-in of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues, requirements for employers, employees, and government agencies continue to be rolled-out and enforced.  The newest mandate of the law, the Employer Notice Program for Federally Facilitated Marketplaces (which includes both Iowa and Illinois), was implemented by the Centers for Medicare &…

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Actions to Take Now for the New Overtime Rule

By: Mikkie Schiltz The Department of Labor recently issued overtime rules this week. These rules present a major overhaul for the threshold of exempt employees: from $23,660 to $47,476. Employees who earn less than $47,476 are not exempt from overtime, and must be paid time and a half for all hours in excess of 40…

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Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

By: Diane Reinsch Your website is your welcome mat to the outside world, telling others about what you do and who you are. You worked hard to send the right message, choose the right colors, and make it user friendly. A person with a disability wants to visit your website, but cannot do so because it…

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Dust Off Your Job Descriptions: A Tale About Reasonable Accommodations

By: Diane Reinsch Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, covered employers are required to provide “reasonable accommodations” to qualified job applicants and employees with disabilities, to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential functions of their jobs, or to enjoy benefits and privileges of employment equal to those enjoyed by employees without…

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