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July 23, 2014. Discrimination based on pregnancy has long been prohibited by federal and state laws, beginning with the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced an update on rules on how businesses are to treat pregnant employees, something it has not done in thirty years. Read more HERE. Here are […]

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July 17, 2014.  Florida says no.  A recent Florida case, Aerotek v. Zahn, refused to hold an employer liable when it unknowingly hired two employees who were subject to a non-compete. The competing company who held the non-competes sued the new employer for tortious interference with contract after it hired and continued to employ the […]

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July 10, 2014.  Attorney Emilee Boyle Gehling of the Goosmann Law Firm was recently appointed Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section of the Young Lawyers Division. Gehling will be a key member of a dynamic group responsible for providing valuable benefits and services to approximately 130,000 members and 300 affiliated groups.  Her term […]

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July 10, 2014.  The Supreme Court recently released major decisions, the most controversial being the Hobby Lobby case, which grants closely held companies an exemption from the requirement to provide birth control upon an objection on religious grounds. Read more HERE. Next term should be equally exciting, as the Court has picked up a case involving the […]

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July 10, 2014. In Obama’s weekly address on Saturday, June 21, President Obama announced the White House would pursue workplace reform allowing paid family leave “because all Americans should be able to afford to care for a family member in need.” Calling family leave, childcare, and flexibility “basic needs,” rather than “frills,” the President also […]

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June 20, 2014.  When a commercial driver, Sakari Jarvela, was diagnosed with alcoholism, he sought FMLA leave from the carrier company for whom he worked, Crete Carrier Corporation. Initially, Crete approved his requested FMLA leave. After a month of treatment, Jarvela asked to come back to work. However, under federal regulations, a person with a […]

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June 12, 2014.  Most handbooks include a disclaimer that the handbook does not give rise to an employment contract. If, however, a handbook does not contain such a disclaimer, a court may determine that the handbook constitutes a contract between employer and employee. In those cases, the employer will be bound to follow the terms […]

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June 5, 2014.  When you face an employee who has “lawyered up” and signaled to you that she is planning to sue for discrimination unless you settle, the first question to ask is what are her potential claims? An employer in Iowa may be subject to federal and state liability for discrimination based on an […]

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May 29, 2014.  Behavioral economists study what motivates employees to do good work and display engagement in their jobs. Employers, managers, and supervisors can glean some useful tools from these lessons. Watch the TED Talk HERE. Eliminate Negative Motivation 1.  Meaning. Employees thrive when they see meaning in their work. An unmotivated employee may not […]

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May 21, 2014.  When an employee who has been with your company for years is no longer dependable, you may dread what will surely be awkward and painful conversations with the employee. After all, that employee has been with the company through thick and thin, and you have relied on him or her for many […]

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