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

By: BrownWinick | 05.28.2020

  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, Megan Moritz, Danielle Smid, Caitlin Klingenberg, Tess Pocock, and Ryan Shellady. The “Return to Work Playbook” Read…

DOL Provides Additional Information About the New Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

By: Megan Erickson Moritz | 03.24.2020

  For anyone else trying to navigate the flurry of developments in the world of employment law, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (“Department” or “DOL”) has provided some additional information about the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As we outlined previously (see our Families First blog post), the FFCRA grants Read…

New Form I-9 Released

By: BrownWinick | 02.03.2020

USCIS recently announced that a new version of the Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) with a version date of 10/21/2019 is available for use beginning 1/31/2020.  Employers may use the prior version of the form bearing a version date of 07/17/2017 until 4/30/2020.  After 4/30/2020, the prior version of the form will no longer be Read…

The U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Joint Employer Rule

By: BrownWinick | 01.21.2020

The U.S. Department of Labor issued some much-needed guidance regarding the application of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s Joint Employer rule. The rule becomes effective on March 16, 2020. In the joint employer scenario where another person is benefitting from the employee’s work, the Department is adopting a four-factor balancing test derived from Bonnette v. California Health Read…

Another Final Rule from the DOL Regarding the FLSA – Effective January 15, 2020

By: BrownWinick | 12.20.2019

Previously, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its Final Rule on September 24, 2019, updating the earnings requirements for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Please see prior blog post. Now, the DOL has published another Final Rule (on 12/16/19) that may impact how overtime is determined for non-exempt (hourly) employees. Overtime pay is Read…

The NLRB Bears Gifts for Employers – Just in Time for the Holidays

By: BrownWinick | 12.19.2019

NLRB Rulings Shake Up Previous Standards On December 16, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued two decisions which overrule previous standards regarding workplace confidentiality and work email usage for personal communications. We expect employers will see these as welcome changes. Read on for more good cheer. Apogee Retail LLC d/b/a Unique Thrift Store (Case Read…

Electronic H-1B Lottery for FY2021 Announced

By: BrownWinick | 12.09.2019

In an effort to streamline processes, U. S.  Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on December 6, 2019 that it will be implementing an electronic registration process for the lottery selection of H-1B cap subject petitions. Under the new process, employers seeking H-1B workers will complete a registration process to determine lottery selection, prior to Read…

Iowa Supreme Court Confirms Employers May Use Same Decision Defense in Discrimination and Retaliation Cases

By: Michael Dee | 12.06.2019

The Iowa Supreme Court recently issued an important decision for employers in employment discrimination cases. The Court confirmed that employers are entitled to raise the “same decision” affirmative defense, which states that even if a discriminatory factor played a motivating role in a decision to terminate an employee, the employer may avoid liability by presenting Read…

Signing a Contract? Let’s Chat First!

By: Ryan Shellady | 11.07.2019

I had a prospective client call the other day who was hoping to get out of a purchase agreement for a new car. If you’ve bought a car before, you know how difficult that battle can be without a guaranteed return policy or a promise that you have “48 hours to change your mind.” This Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm Ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2020 “Best Law Firms” List

By: BrownWinick | 11.01.2019

BrownWinick has been included in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings[i]. The tenth edition of the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® released the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings on November 1, 2019. Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a Read…