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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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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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New Electronic I-9 Form - Some Bugs and Tricky Provisions

A new I-9 form was released this week, which will become mandatory on January 22, 2017. Until that time, employers may continue to use the “old” version (dated 03/08/2013). Electronic completion - The form now can be…more

Electronic Filing, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, I-9, New Hires

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Beer Lawyers Rally to Stop Federal Registration of the Mark "CRAFT BEER ATTORNEY"

You know you’re in for a fight when 14 different law firms come together to launch an opposition--an administrative proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board--against registration of your trademark application. This…more

Generic, Merely Descriptive, Trademark Opposition Proceedings, Trademark Registration, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

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Post-Election Review

The outcome and the scope of this election caught pollsters, pundits, experts and the American public by surprise. Below is an election results overview, an in-depth election briefing, including all Iowa results, is also…more

Election Results, General Elections, Presidential Elections

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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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Several Iowa Counties Proclaim That A Dollar Just Ain't What It Use To Be!

Employers across the country are reluctantly evaluating how to proceed in light of the increase in the compensation requirements for exempt employees (which will be effective December 1, 2016). To add insult to injury,…more

Consumer Price Index, Employer Mandates, Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, White-Collar Exemptions

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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 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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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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Issues in Interviewing: The Right Way to the "One"

The candidate interview is one of the most vital components in the hiring process. Accordingly, it involves the most forethought and planning. As an employer, you will interview a whole host of applicants to find the “one”—the…more

ADA, Criminal Background Checks, Drug Testing, FCRA, Hiring & Firing

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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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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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Supreme Court Affirms Cuozzo, Upholding PTAB's Claims Construction Standard and Non-Appealable Nature of Inter Partes Review

This article contains important information relating to recent developments in patent law and, as such, is intended for an audience that either currently owns a patent or is in the process of obtaining one. The Supreme…more

America Invents Act, Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard, Chevron Deference, Claim Construction, Cuozzo Speed Technologies

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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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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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Was Prince Married? How Does Marriage Affect an Estate?

Several months after his death, a woman came forward claiming she was married to Prince and that she was the sole heir of the estimated $300 million estate. She additionally claimed to have possession of a will signed by Prince…more

Intestate Succession, Prince, Surviving Spouse

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Military Disability Benefits May be Wrongfully Taxed by the IRS

To help reduce the tax burden of those who bravely serve our country, the Internal Revenue Code provides that a pension, annuity, or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the armed…more

Disability Benefits, Income Taxes, Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Military Service Members, Veterans

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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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HUD’s Newly Published Guidelines and Warnings Regarding a Landlord’s Use of Criminal Records in Screening Potential Tenants

This article provides information in response to various questions that I (Jodie McDougal) have received over the past several months regarding the April 4, 2016, Memorandum (the “Memorandum”) published by the U.S. Department of…more

Criminal Records, Discrimination, Fair Housing Act (FHA), HUD, Landlords

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Election Results: What does it mean for immigrants and their employers?

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency will undoubtedly change immigration processes, and could change immigration laws. While it is too early to know anything for certain, we are carefully monitoring developments and…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Donald Trump, Executive Orders, Immigration Reform, National Security

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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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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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HUD’s Newly Published Guidelines and Warnings Regarding a Landlord’s Use of Criminal Records in Screening Potential Tenants

This article provides information in response to various questions that I (Jodie McDougal) have received over the past several months regarding the April 4, 2016, Memorandum (the “Memorandum”) published by the U.S. Department of…more

Criminal Records, Discrimination, Fair Housing Act (FHA), HUD, Landlords

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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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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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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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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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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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FORMS, FORMS AND HEY, YET MORE FORMS! What to do when employee data doesn't match

As an employer you have an enormous number of forms that must be filed, whether with the Department of Labor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the IRS or any other agency or group which may exercise authority over your…more

Affordable Care Act, I-9, IRS, Required Forms

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215 10th Street
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Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3993, United States

Contact: Cara Seidl

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Areas of Practice
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  • Agriculture
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  • Appellate Practice
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  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
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  • Products Liability
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Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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