Landlords: Beware of Dog

The Iowa Court of Appeals recently had before it a sad (sad for the child that was injured and sad for the dog) and somewhat surprising dog-bite case in which they decided that a fact question was created, necessitating further review, when a landlord had knowledge that a dog had a propensity towards violence and yet that landlord allowed the dog to remain on the property. The abbreviated facts [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:17+00:00May 5th, 2008|Landlord/Tenant|

Bicyclers Beware

According to an article in the Des Moines Register the Iowa State Association of Counties has proposed legislation insulating “counties and cities from liability for injuries or damages resulting from bike accidents on their roads unless it is shown that government officials were notified of a road deficiency before an accident and that road crews [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:17+00:00February 12th, 2008|Uncategorized|

“You’re Fired”

We all know that sometimes HOW you say something is more important that WHAT you say or WHY you say it. This is especially true when it comes to terminating employees. In “Halloween” from Season 2 of The Office, Michael Scott provides one way to go about terminating an employee. (You can purchase this episode at iTunes or [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:17+00:00February 7th, 2008|Employment Law|

Correct Mistakes in Employee Benefits Plans

Employee retirement plans, including 401(k)s and pensions plans, are benefits offered by many businesses.  It's important if your business offers such a benefit that the plan comply with all the laws governing the plan.  However, mistakes can be made, therefore the IRS has published a 401(k) fix-it guide.  Although named a 401(k) fix-it guide, many [...]

By |2015-10-07T14:58:41+00:00February 6th, 2008|Employment Law|

FMLA Has A New Look

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), enacted in 1993, was amended January 28, 2008.  Prior to the amendment eligible employees were able to take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave in four circumstances. The amendment expands the FMLA to include leave related to family members of military service people. ReadPresident Signs FMLA Expansion for Military Families [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:17+00:00January 29th, 2008|Employment Law|

Maintaining a Temporary Worker’s Status as Temporary

The Question of the Week posted this week got me thinking about the classification of temporary employees. Temporary workers are workers that are employed by a staffing agency which supplies workers to the client company. Temporary workers report to the client, but receive pay and benefits from the staffing agency. Temporary workers, therefore, are considered to be the [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:17+00:00December 17th, 2007|Employment Law|
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