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Considering an Employment Contract?

You have probably heard many times, a company is only as good as its employees. In Iowa, we are in what is known as an at-will employment state. At-will employment means that if there is no formal agreement in place, generally either the employer or employee can end that relationship at any time for any [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law|

Business Break Up: A Look into Buy-Sell Agreements

A FALLING OUT between business owners is usually not a focus of discussion when planning on starting a business. Typically those starting out focus on the next big idea and how their new business will be owned and managed. More times than not, when those initial discussions involve two or more people entering business together, [...]

By | June 5th, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law|

To Sign or Not to Sign

In both business and legal situations, being asked to sign a confidentiality agreement or nondisclosure agreement (NDA) is becoming increasingly common.  Certain information about the company’s business, its finances and its operations needs to be legally protected to ensure the company keeps its competitive advantage.  NDAs are used to protect such sensitive information. What’s an [...]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law|

New Year, New Threats – Cyberattack Concerns

With the most recent election season behind us and cyberattack investigations underway, cyberspace creates a new frontier for applying existing privacy laws. Small businesses are increasingly targeted for cyberattacks and cybersecurity for small businesses is different than in years past when a company only had to worry about protecting desktop computers and locally stored files. [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law, General Law|

Should Employers Postpone Overtime Overhaul?

Several employers prepared communication plans and made final arrangements for compensation modifications in an effort to comply with the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule, which was set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. On November 22, 2016, the DOL’s new rule was preliminarily blocked on a nationwide basis by the U.S. [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Business Law, Employment Law|

Legal Essentials for Starting a New Business

Have an idea for a new business? With all the energy and optimism to drum up new customers, launch a website, and build the first prototype, it’s easy to put off getting your legal ducks in a row. These 9 easy steps will help you avoid pitfalls down the road and help you scale your [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Business Law, Employment Law|

Drug Testing in the Workplace

With marijuana legalization spreading, employers are starting to rethink about substance abuse polices and testing. According to a survey conducted by Mashable.com, 9.7% of Americans smoke marijuana before going to work. Surprised? In Iowa, if you’re in the private sector, drug and alcohol testing is optional and an employer can even make it a condition [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Employment Law, General Law, Regulatory Compliance|

Gronewald Completes West Des Moines Leadership Institute

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. Shareholder, Samantha Gronewald, has recently graduated from the West Des Moines Leadership Institute (“WDMLI”). Now in its 8th year, WDMLI has seen over 300 community leaders go through the program. The West Des Moines Chamber’s leadership program is centered on creating leaders through community training and leadership development. Class members attend [...]

By | August 31st, 2016|Employment Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate|

New Year, New Threats – Cyberattack Concerns

With the most recent election season behind us and cyberattack investigations underway, cyberspace creates a new frontier for applying existing privacy laws. Small businesses are increasingly targeted for cyberattacks and cybersecurity for small businesses is different than in years past when a company only had to worry about protecting desktop computers and locally stored files. [...]

By | January 3rd, 2016|Business Law, Employment Law|

Interactive Process in Action

If you’re not sure what the interactive process is supposed to look like under the ADA, peruse the facts of the 8th Circuit’s decision in Minnihan v. Mediacom. I’m also going to summarize the facts below, but if you want to read the legal analysis too go ahead and read the full decision. Minnihan worked [...]

By | March 19th, 2015|Employment Law|