Cyclist Obtains Settlement Despite Tort Immunity

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported on a legal settlement reached between Bridgid Ruden, the City of Coralville, the State of Iowa, and Horsfield Construciton Company.  Ms. Ruden had been riding her bicycle on a trail and lost control of her bike and crashed after hitting a patch of mud on the trail.  She was in a [...]

By |2015-10-06T18:04:40+00:00March 19th, 2013|Litigation|

No Eminent Domain for Bike Trails

Most people are generally familiar with the legal concept of eminent domain, whereby the government can take private property for public use, upon the payment of just compensation to the property owner.  It is found in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and similarly found in the Iowa Constitution at Article 1, Section 18.  The [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:11+00:00February 20th, 2013|Real Estate|

Proposed Amendments to Iowa Wage Payment Collection Act

On March 8, 2011 the Iowa Senate passed S.F. 311, which amends Iowa Code Chapter 91A, Iowa Wage Payment Collection Act. Below is a list of important changes: ·         Employers will be required to do the following o   Notify employees in writing at the time of hiring wages and regular paydays o   Notify employees in writing [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:13+00:00March 11th, 2011|Employment Law|

Iowa Law: Walking in a Winter Wonderland of Shoveled Sidewalks

Looking out my window at today's snow accumulation, I am unfortunately reminded of my legal duty to shovel my sidewalk when I get home.  According to Iowa Code Section 364.12(2)(b): The abutting property owner is responsible for the removal of the natural accumulations of snow and ice from the sidewalks within a reasonable amount of [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:16+00:00December 16th, 2008|General Law|

Iowa’s Brain Drain

A December 2008 report by the Generation Iowa Commission finds: Iowa had a “brain drain” of 19,500 college-educated people for 1995-2000. 12 percent of currently available jobs in Iowa are for college graduates. Iowa’s brain drain is 4th worst in the nation since 2000. Iowa is one of only six states facing a declining rate [...]

By |2015-10-06T21:50:37+00:00December 11th, 2008|General Law|

Iowa’s Smokefree Air Regulation Update

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is in the process of writing Administrative Rules to provide guidance on the enforcement provisions of the recently passed Smoke-free Air Act.  The proposed Administrative rules areposted on the Department's website. The proposed rules will be presented for review to both the Administrative Rules Review Committee and the [...]

By |2015-10-07T14:23:26+00:00June 5th, 2008|Regulatory Compliance|
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