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Radon – An Invisible Issue

RADON MITIGATION isn’t usually top of mind when builders plan to build a house or when home sellers put out their “For Sale” sign.  It’s not visible or noticeable to the average person, but it’s real and it’s ubiquitous. Iowa is prone to high levels of radon, an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that naturally occurs [...]

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|

Protection Against Ice Related Slip and Fall Accidents

Iowa is on the cusp between fall and winter. It is this mixed cold weather that brings new snow and ice that will soon melt, thaw, and refreeze. And, of course, with refreezing comes an increased risk of falling due to slippery surfaces. What can you do to protect your business from a personal injury [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Business Law, General Law, Litigation|

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|

Is Your Board Exercising Its Fiduciary Duty?

In today’s challenging environment, being a director on the board for a for-profit business, a nonprofit organization, or a homeowner’s association can be difficult, even for experienced leaders. During difficult financial times, directors and officers and their actions are likely to be under increased scrutiny. Because hindsight is always 20/20, it’s important to know what [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|Business Law, General Law, Litigation, Trial & Mediation|

Managing Personal Use of Company Vehicles

Allowing employees personal use of company vehicles is costly. Chiefly, accidents are expensive. But there are other costs to consider too - uninsured costs, lost staff time, lost revenue, and insurance costs. Hedging these costs is possible when the rules are clear. Does your business have a written policy covering how employees may or may [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Business Law, General Law, Litigation|

A Gentleman’s Agreement

"A verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's written on." attributed to Samuel Goldwyn Do you find yourself going a bit too fast in arranging a deal? With emails or phone calls back and forth, many people don’t always get details about the transaction in writing. If this sounds familiar, take a minute to think [...]

By | April 18th, 2016|Business Law, General Law, Litigation|

Tips to Getting Paid As a Subcontractor

NON-PAYMENT IS A THREAT TO MOST SUBCONTRACTORS’ AND SUPPLIERS’ BOTTOM LINES – especially if you are providing labor and supplies for construction projects. Knowing who you can collect from, what tools for recovery are available, and being proactive to minimize disputes, can make a difference. man and woman hand closeup with home keys representing [...]

By | February 3rd, 2016|Business Law, General Law, Litigation|

The Implementation of Electronic Filing in the Courts

In this day of technology, it is no surprise that the court systems are moving to using an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS for short) for parties to file documents with the Court, without even setting foot in the Courthouse. The district courts have been working on this conversion since early 2013; introducing and training [...]

By | April 14th, 2015|General Law|

A lawsuit about a hot dog

Trial began yesterday in a case in Kansas City.  Here, the Plaintiff John Croomer attended a baseball game of the Defendant Kansas City Royals on September 8, 2009.  The Royals mascot, Sluggerrr, was throwing free hot dogs into the stands, and Croomer alleged that one of these frankfurters was negligently thrown and hit him in the eye, [...]

By | March 6th, 2015|General Law|