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215 10th Street
Ste. 1300
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3993, United States
Contact: Cara Seidl
Phone: 515.288.2500
Fax: 515.243.0654
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Agriculture
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Iowa
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Iowa Workers' Compensation Reform Update

Governor Branstad signed the workers’ compensation reform bill into law Thursday, March 30. The bill affects injuries on or after July 1, 2017…more

Governor Branstad, New Regulations, Workers Compensation Reform, Workplace Injury

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Sorry, Honey! What's Mine is Not Yours.

In Iowa, an employer directs medical care in an accepted workplace injury and may lawfully deny treatment unrelated to the injury. In a recent case, Hoyt v. Wendling Quarries and United Heartland, treatment was found unrelated…more

Caregivers, Employee Assistance Programs, Workers' Compensation Defense

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Startup Companies Beware: A Shareholder's Right to Obtain Sensitive Company Information

Issuing new shares can help a startup bring in new investors who infuse the company with much needed capital or attract skilled employees who provide the necessary skills, expertise and leadership to help grow the company…more

Capital Raising, Investors, Material Nonpublic Information, Shareholder Rights, Shareholders

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How to Prepare for a Visit from ICE

With immigration in the news now more than ever, and a national shift in enforcement strategy by the Trump Administration, it is important to prepare your staff for a visit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers…more

Enforcement, I-9, ICE, Raids, Trump Administration

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Top 10 Considerations for Iowa Employers Post Election

There has already been a great deal written about the outcome of the 2016 election. Polls, long considered lagging indicators, were not indicators at all. As the dust settles and the recounts conclude, personal, professional and…more

Affordable Care Act, Clean Power Plan, DOL, EEOC, Financial Regulatory Reform

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Failure to Provide COBRA Notice May Not Result in Penalties

Occasionally employers who act as the plan sponsor of a group health plan discover that they have neglected to send a “COBRA notice” to an employee who has been terminated. Recent Federal Court decisions within the Eighth…more

COBRA, Healthcare, Penalties

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Don't Be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish - Advice for New Employers Regarding Employee Classifications

Entrepreneurs wear many hats, from providing a quality product or service to managing employees. New employers frequently expose themselves to liability when they think that ignorance is a defense that they can use if an…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Entrepreneurs, FLSA, Wage and Hour

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How a Comma Could Cost You

Few people actually remember all those pesky grammar rules we learned in school. But you can bet that a company in Maine will not be forgetting its comma rules anytime soon…more

Contract Drafting, Contract Interpretation

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Iowa Workers' Compensation Reform Update

Governor Branstad signed the workers’ compensation reform bill into law Thursday, March 30. The bill affects injuries on or after July 1, 2017…more

Governor Branstad, New Regulations, Workers Compensation Reform, Workplace Injury

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Securities Implications Involved In Raising Money for Your Business

Securities regulation in the United States followed several centuries of regulation in England. Brokers were licensed in England as early as 1285. All such regulation was aimed at the curtailment of dubious money-raising…more

Funding, Private Offerings, Securities Act of 1933, Small Business, Startups

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Employment Law Blog: Complying with the ADAAA

The Amended Americans with Disabilities Act has greatly expanded the definition of “disability.” Under the ADAAA and its regulations, disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or…more

ADAAA, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Reasonable Accommodation

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Form 1095-C and I-9 Compliance: How to handle "mismatches"

Employers complying with the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by filing Form 1095-C increasingly face another question: Are they in compliance with their I-9 obligations? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with 50…more

Affordable Care Act, Duty to Investigate, E-Verify, Form 1095, Health Insurance

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Form 1095-C and I-9 Compliance: How to handle "mismatches"

Employers complying with the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) by filing Form 1095-C increasingly face another question: Are they in compliance with their I-9 obligations? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with 50…more

Affordable Care Act, Duty to Investigate, E-Verify, Form 1095, Health Insurance

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Iowa landowners file lawsuits to suspend eminent domain hearings

On Friday, May 20, Bill Hanigan of the Davis Brown Law firm filed separate lawsuits on behalf of Verdell and Marian Johnson, and Marvin and Bonnie Zoch, against Dakota Access Pipeline Company. Both couples are Cherokee County…more

Condemnation, Eminent Domain, Farms, Land Owners, Oil & Gas

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You have Your Ship, and Now You Need Your Crew, How to get Your 'Ship' Together

Starting a business is not always simple. Being an employer carries with it a number of obligations and it is important to know the ropes prior to even hiring your first employee. Below is a condensed HR checklist that employers…more

Best Management Practices, Filing Requirements, Hiring & Firing, Human Resources Professionals, Startups

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Election Results: Tax Reform on the Horizon?

Last week’s election results have raised a number of questions about tax reform or repeal and the impact of such legislation upon your estate plan. It’s too early to tell how this will shake out. Nonetheless, below are the…more

Estate Planning, Political Parties, Tax Reform, Transfer Taxes, Trump Administration

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Employment Law Blog: The Continuing Saga of the NLRB Recess Appointments and Fallout

On January 25, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit published an opinion in Noel Canning v. National Relations Board, Case No. 12-1115. The case arose out of a dispute between employer Noel Canning, a…more

Barack Obama, Canning v NLRB, Collective Bargaining, NLRA, NLRB

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Federal Court Blocks DOL's New Overtime Rules

A nationwide injunction was issued on Tuesday, November 22, blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing its controversial rule that expands the number of employees eligible for overtime. The injunction blocks…more

DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Over-Time, Preliminary Injunctions

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How to Prepare for a Visit from ICE

With immigration in the news now more than ever, and a national shift in enforcement strategy by the Trump Administration, it is important to prepare your staff for a visit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers…more

Enforcement, I-9, ICE, Raids, Trump Administration

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Protecting Employee Information From W-2 Phishing Scams

The IRS recently provided an update on a growing scam targeting employers. The scam generally operates as follows: criminals devise methods to create emails that appear as though the message has been sent from an executive…more

Identity Theft, IRS, Payroll Records, Phishing Scams, Tax Returns

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Employment Law Blog: What does the DOMA ruling mean for employers?

Today the United States Supreme Court ruled, in United States v. Windsor, that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex couples who are legally married in their…more

Discrimination, DOMA, Employee Benefits, Equal Protection, FMLA

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Statute of Repose Bill Passes House of Representatives

On Tuesday, March 21, the Iowa House passed House File 3 (HF3), a bill that would reduce the Statute of Repose applicable to construction claims. The bill is now on to Governor Branstad…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Pending Legislation, Statute of Repose

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Executive Orders Change Immigration Policy

President Trump issued Executive Orders affecting immigration policy on border and interior enforcement yesterday (January 25, 2017). Below is a summary of the major provisions and advice we can offer at this time…more

DHS, Executive Orders, Immigration Enforcement, Trump Administration

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OCR to Resume HIPAA Audits. Get Ready Now!

In a Feb. 24 notice in the Federal Register, the HHS's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its intention to resume its HIPAA Audit Program. By and large, the audit program has been inactive since December 2012, when OCR…more

Audits, HHS, HIPAA, OCR

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Corporate Governance for Commercial Telcos

John Pietila presented this webinar on corporate governance issues to the NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association in February 2017. Please see full Presentation below for more information…more

Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Telecommunications

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Tax Law Blog: The Impact of FATCA

The U.S. government loses an estimated $150 billion in revenue each year from offshore tax shelters. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which became law in March 2010, is designed to prevent tax evasion by U.S…more

FATCA, FBAR, FFI, IGAs, Income Taxes

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Homeowner's Association Bill Dies During First Funnel Week

As you may know, earlier this year a bill was introduced at the Iowa legislature that included proposed changes to the law applicable to homeowner’s associations. The bill, House File 158, was entitled the “Iowa Common Interest…more

Common Interest Ownership Act, Homeowners' Association, Proposed Legislation

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Medicaid in Iowa: What's Next

In my previous blog post, I provided a brief history of Medicaid in Iowa, including sharing details on it’s current modernization and challenges. In this post, we’ll cover what’s next for Medicaid members with the move to…more

Health Care Providers, Healthcare Reform, MCOs, Medicaid, Medicaid Reform

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Intellectual Property in Medicine: Tailoring your Patent Strategy

In last week’s post, we covered initial considerations for physicians considering patent protection. At this point, you may be wondering why we haven’t talked about the actual patent application process. That’s because it is…more

Capital Formation, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Applications, Physicians, Popular

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The Subpoena Quandary: Considerations for a Company After Receipt of a Subpoena

Standing at your front desk with a badge and gun is the local sheriff handing you an official looking document. While this scenario creates a dramatic and perhaps unbelievable picture, it does in fact often occur. A company may…more

Service of Process, Subpoenas

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Tax Law Blog: New Procedures to Correct Retirement Plan Mistakes

The IRS has recently modified the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) to encourage employers to adopt automatic contribution features, and to detect and correct errors in retirement plans quickly. Revenue…more

Defined Benefit Plans, Employee Contributions, Employer Contributions, IRS, Plan Administrators

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Tax Law Blog: Legislature Passes Bill Affecting Iowa Trusts and Estates

The Iowa Legislature just passed House File 661, which was proposed by the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association and supported by the Iowa Academy of Trusts and Estates Lawyers…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Inheritance Tax, Spousal Elective Share, Surviving Spouse

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Iowa Immigration Law Blog: DACA Renewal Announced

On June 5, 2014, USCIS announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program…more

DACA, USCIS

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Probate Inventory: A Public Listing of Assets

When I first posted about Prince’s estate, I did not intend to continue providing updates. However, as administration of the estate continues, more and more opportunities arise to discuss how things could have been handled…more

Estate Planning, Inventory, Prince, Trust Administration

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Voluntary Disability Self-identification Form Updated

The Office of Management and Budget has renewed the self-identification form relating to voluntary self-identification of disability for employees of federal contractors. This form has an expiration date of January 31, 2020, and…more

Disabled, Federal Contractors, OFCCP, OMB, Self-Identification

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