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Government Relations Report: First Funnel Week Edition

This week marked the first major procedural deadline of the session, commonly referred to as the “funnel.” By March 8, House bills must have been voted out of a House committee and Senate bills must have been voted out of Senate…more

Gun Laws, Proposed Legislation, Red Light Cameras, Stand Your Ground Laws, State Budgets

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Immigration Update: Visa application dates moved back in some categories for October 1 filings

The Department of State released a revised October Visa Bulletin Friday, September 25. The revision moves back several categories in the new Dates for Filing charts. (For the original dates, please see our previous post…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Popular, US Department of State, Visa Bulletins, Visas

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Is There Hope for the Washington Redskins' Trademarks After All?

We’ve been following the Washington Redskins’ trademark battle pretty closely, writing about it several times already. You may remember that the team had its federal trademark registrations cancelled last summer under Section…more

Disparagement, First Amendment, Government Speech Doctrine, Lanham Act, Music

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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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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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Health Law Blog: Court Strikes Down Tax Credit Provision for Low Income Americans Participating Through Federal and Federal/State Partnership Exchanges

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled the IRS’ interpretation of a key ACA provision is invalid. Specifically, the court found that the IRS did not have the authority to interpret the…more

Affordable Care Act, Appeals, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare

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Iowa Immigration Law Blog: New CBP Joint Declaration Forms

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol issued a new customs declaration form allowing filing joint family declarations. The recent regulation change expanded the definition of family members of arriving U.S. travelers to include…more

Customs, Customs and Border Protection, Immigrants

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Tax Law Blog: Fiscal Cliff Deal Adjusts Capital Gain Rates and Qualified Dividend Rates

In order to avoid the dreaded fiscal cliff, Congress passed an eleventh hour “fix” titled, “The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (“TATRA”). Bill Watterson’s character Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbs, once stated, “A good…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Capital Gains, Dividends, Fiscal Cliff

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The Federal Circuit's First AIA Reversal

Since the implementation of the inter partes review (IPR) by the America Invents Act on September 16, 2012, IPR proceedings have been viewed as putting one nail in the coffin for patents. In the first two and a half years of the…more

America Invents Act, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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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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Is Your Employee Handbook a Liability Shield or a Welcome Mat? Don't Let the NLRB Be the Center of Attention

Employers, attorneys, and human resource managers are bewildered at the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) recent memo issued March 18, 2015. For better or worse (and most employers would say worse), the NLRB’s…more

Best Management Practices, Contract Drafting, Corporate Counsel, Employee Handbooks, Employer Liability Issues

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National Labor Relations Board Decision Erases 30 Years of Joint Employment Precedent

The recent NLRB decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc. et al. v. Sanitary Truck Drivers and Helpers Local 350, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, erased 30 years of precedent on joint employment. The…more

Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Franchises, Joint Employers, McDonalds, NLRB

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Quiet Changes to Social Security Could Have Big Impact

If you are at or near retirement age, you are likely aware there will be no cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security benefits for 2016. In other words, your benefits will remain the same for next year. As a result, many…more

Bipartisan Budget, COLA, Social Security Administration (SSA), Social Security Benefits

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Report Highlights IRS Shortcomings Preventing Business ID Theft

Identity theft is not a problem limited to individuals. Businesses are also at risk for misuse of identifying information with regard to tax returns. The IRS defines business ID theft as “creating, using, or attempting to use…more

Employer Identification Number (EIN), Fraud, Identity Theft, IRS, 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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Iowa Court of Appeals Rejects Argument to Impose Implied Warranty upon Land Developers

On April 16, 2014, land developers and sellers breathed a sigh of relief after the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a purchaser of a residential building lot cannot sue the land developer for perceived deficiencies with the…more

Appeals, Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Litigation, Construction Site

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Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS update on EAD for DACA recipients

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently shared important information for DACA recipients who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015. These recipients likely received the…more

DACA, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), Hiring & Firing, Human Resources Professionals, USCIS

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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


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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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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


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Meaningful Use Attestations - Be Careful of What You Attest To

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, eligible health providers who demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology can qualify for incentive payments under the Medicare…more

Attestation Deadlines, Electronic Health Record Incentives, Health Care Providers, Medicaid, Medicare

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Government Relations Report: First Funnel Week Edition

This week marked the first major procedural deadline of the session, commonly referred to as the “funnel.” By March 8, House bills must have been voted out of a House committee and Senate bills must have been voted out of Senate…more

Gun Laws, Proposed Legislation, Red Light Cameras, Stand Your Ground Laws, State Budgets

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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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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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Get Me A Whistle! Refereeing Family Visitation under the New Rules

On April 24, 2015, Governor Branstad signed into law Senate File 306, which amends Iowa Code Chapter 633 to provide for very specific forms of visitation for adult persons who have a guardian. The law limits a guardian from…more

Healthcare Facilities, Hospitals, Power of Attorney, Visitors

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