Megan E. Moritz

Member

Office: 515-242-2455

Fax: 515-323-8555

Email: megan.moritz@brownwinick.com

  

Whether positioning you for successful litigation or preventing it in the first place, strategy drives my work. I focus on the changing landscape (and landmines) of the workplace so you can focus on running your business.

But I’m not just committed to understanding legal issues for businesses or workplaces. I’m committed to understanding your business; your workplace. Because I want to deliver more than just a solution. Let’s collaborate to find the right solution for your business, your needs, your priorities, and your budget. My sincerest goal is for you to walk away from every interaction with me trusting that I have your back.

I have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in the Labor and Employment Litigation area and in Super Lawyers®, as a Rising Star, in the Employment and Labor Law areas.

My Approach

Legal issues can be nuanced, complex, and stressful. But talking to your lawyer shouldn’t be. Be forewarned:  I don’t use words like “wherefore” when I’m drafting contracts. It’s my job to understand the legal nuances and complexities so:  (1) I can communicate the issues to you without the jargon, and (2) you trust me to handle the stuff that would otherwise keep you up at night. Whether you’re a multi-jurisdictional client or a small start-up, our mutual goal is your success.

I get that lawyers rarely hear from clients checking in to cheer, “Everything is going SO well right now!” That’s why I want you to feel a sense of relief – not dread – when you pick up the phone and start dialing my number. I try to foster that kind of trust in every client interaction I have.

We may be digging into your wage and hour practices, developing new HR processes and controls, reviewing a sensitive EEO issue, harmonizing compliance concerns across several jurisdictions, or navigating restrictive covenant nuances. We may be knee-deep in litigation strategy, performance managing an unruly employee, sorting out difficult medical issues in the workplace. Whatever our project, I believe my role demands straightforward communication, pivoting with your changing needs and circumstances, and finding creative solutions.

More About Me

I grew up in rural Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University, with distinction, in 2004. I earned degrees in Journalism (Public Relations) and Sociology, and I received the Top Graduating Senior Award (Sociology). I went on to law school at Drake University and was an Opperman Scholar. I received my law degree, with honors, in 2007.

I’m married to the best guy I’ve ever met, and we have the two greatest and most adorable young children in all the universe, ever. And I promise I am abundantly more objective when giving legal advice than when describing my kids.

When I’m not doing law, you can usually find me with my family or doing cardio. And by “cardio”, I mean, trying to get my toddler to put on his pajamas.

My Specialties

  • Wage & Hour Compliance (and specialized in FLSA issues)
  • Discrimination, Harassment, & Retaliation Laws
  • Family, Medical, & Other Workplace Accommodation Issues
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Workplace Issues
  • Employment Policies & Procedures
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Contracts
  • Litigation
  • Workplace Training
  • Investigations
  • Private Sector Employee Drug Testing

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Employer Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Impact on Unemployment Benefits in Iowa

March 18, 2020   Do employees need to exhaust all vacation, sick leave, or personal time off (PTO) time prior to claiming unemployment benefits? Yes. If an employer Read…

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September 24, 2019 Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule, updating earnings requirements for exempt treatment under the Executive, Administrative, and Professional (or "EAP") Read…

DOL Proposes Updates to Regular Rate Under FLSA

April 3, 2019 On March 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced another proposed rule to update regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed rule would Read…

DOL Proposes New $35,308 Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemption

March 8, 2019 Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, (again) proposing a hike to the salary threshold requirement under certain exemptions from Read…

DOL Releases Updated FMLA Forms

September 19, 2018 Last week, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor finally released its updated Family and Medical Leave Act forms. However, Read…

Epic Systems v. Lewis: Arbitration Agreements and Employers' New, Protective Shield from Employee Lawsuits

June 5, 2018 Introduction A recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision marks a major victory for employers interested in a new tool for their arsenal to protect their businesses Read…

U.S. Department of Labor Announced New Payroll Audit Independent Investigation (PAID) Program

March 16, 2018 The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the federal Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new pilot program aimed to help resolve potential overtime and minimum wage Read…

Mobile Technology

November 17, 2017 Mobile technology continues to become more and more a part of our daily lives. While experts debate what this means in the context of personal Read…

DOL's Time-Limited Non-Enforcement Policy of New Salary Level for Certain Medicaid-Funded Providers

June 3, 2016 The new overtime regulations were officially published on May 23, which among other things, more than doubles the salary level requirement for exemption under the Read…

DOL to Extend Minimum Wage & Overtime to More Home Health Care Workers

December 3, 2013 The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule on September 17, 2013 that extends the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the federal Fair Read…

Returning Employees to the Workplace? We’ve Got You Covered.

May 28, 2020   Eight members of our Employment Practice Group have prepared a “Return to Work Playbook” to assist employers in returning employees to the workplace during this unusual and unprecedented time. The people contributing to this effort include Beth Coonan, Ann Kendell, Megan Moritz, Danielle Smid, Amy Howells, Caitlin Klingenberg, Tess Pocock, and Ryan Shellady. The Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers List

August 15, 2019 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 24 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

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BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List

August 16, 2018 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

July 2, 2018 Twelve BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter – Employee Benefits Rebecca Brommel – Business Litigation William C. Brown – Tax Elizabeth A. Coonan – Employment & Labor Michael A. Dee – Business Litigation Alice E. Helle – Employee Benefits Thomas D. Johnson – Business/Corporate Ann Holden Kendell – Employment & Labor James L. Pray – Environmental Brian P. Rickert – Construction Litigation Christopher R. Sackett – Mergers Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers List

August 15, 2017 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 26 lawyers have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

July 17, 2017 Ten BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter – Employee Benefits/ERISA William C. Brown – Tax Elizabeth A. Coonan – Employment & Labor Michael A. Dee – Business Litigation Alice E. Helle – Employee Benefits Ann Holden Kendell – Employment & Labor James L. Pray – Environmental Brian P. Rickert – Construction Litigation Christopher R. Sackett – Mergers & Acquisitions Sheila K. Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

August 15, 2016 BrownWinick is proud to announce that 24 attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The lawyers included are: Ronni F. Begleiter (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Trusts and Estates) Marc T. Beltrame (Government Relations Practice) Michael R. Blaser (Agriculture Law; Business Organizations, including Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

July 13, 2016 Ten BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter – Employee Benefits William C. Brown – Tax Elizabeth A. Coonan – Employment & Labor Michael A. Dee – Business Litigation Alice Helle – Employee Benefits Ann Holden Kendell – Employment & Labor Brian Pingel – Intellectual Property Brian P. Rickert – Construction Litigation Christopher R. Sackett – Mergers & Acquisitions Sheila K. Tipton – Energy & Resources Nine Read…

Should We Fire Him for That Post?

March 16, 2016 The March edition of the Harvard Business Review (“HBR”) features expert commentary by BrownWinick employment law attorney,Megan Erickson Moritz, in response to the magazine’s monthly Case Study. HBR’s fictional Case Studies pose challenges faced by real business leaders, with solutions and analysis from experts in response – usually featuring two different viewpoints. HBR invited Moritz to provide Read…

Assistant

Beth Hick

515-248-6627

Undergraduate

Iowa State University

B.S., with distinction, 2004

Legal

Drake University

J.D., with high honors, 2007

Admitted

Iowa, 2007

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association 
    Member 
  • Iowa State Bar Association 
    Member ; Sections on: Labor and Employment Law; Litigation
  • American Bar Association 
    Member; Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    Member
  • Blackstone Inn of Court 
  • Drake Law Review