Is Your Content Being Taken and Reposted Without Your Permission? Here’s How to Effectively Combat Copyright Infringement on Social Media

It is no secret that copyright infringement is becoming more and more common across all widely used social media platforms. Many online content creators with a significant following have probably experienced their copyrighted material being reposted online without their authorization. Indeed, they may have experienced this unpleasant phenomenon... Read More

Non-Compete Agreements Facing Additional Challenges

On May 24, 2023, Governor Walz signed into law a significant change to the enforceability of employee covenants not to compete. In any employment agreement entered into on or after July 1, 2023, post-employment covenants not to compete will be void and unenforceable. Iowa employers conducting business with Minnesota employees, including remote... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Greatly Narrows the Definition of Wetlands in the Clean Water Act

On May 25, 2023, the United States Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated decision in the Sackett v. EPA case. At issue was whether “Waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”) could include wetlands that are not directly and continuously connected to navigable waters. All nine justices were unanimous in finding that the EPA overstepped its statutory... Read More

EEOC Provides Guidance on Employers Using AI in the Workplace

The convenience and efficiency of utilizing Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) to hire employees, observe performance, and make decisions about pay and promotion opportunities could run your business into issues with Title VII, if the employer does not have sufficient oversight measures in place to monitor these tools effects. On May 18, 2023, the... Read More

New Iowa Law Establishes Optional Workaround for Pass-through Businesses to the $10K Federal SALT Limitation

Late last week, Governor Kim Reynolds signed House File 352, which establishes an IRS-approved workaround to the federal limitation of deducting only up to $10,000 of state and local tax (SALT) for individuals who itemize their deductions effective retroactively to January 1, 2022. Under this new law, which will remain in effect for the duration... Read More

Government Relations Update - 05-04-2023

The 2023 Iowa Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday afternoon, capping a 116-day session. The final gavel fell at 12:04 PM in the Senate and at 12:33 PM in the House. The final week of session concluded with the passage of a few remaining policy bills, including property tax reform (HF 718). Governor Reynolds plans to sign the property tax... Read More

Iowa Supreme Court Addresses Iowa Housing Practices: What You Need to Know

A recent Iowa Supreme Court (the “Court”) case sheds light on illegal housing practices enumerated under the Des Moines Code of Ordinances, specifically in section 62-101, which provides that it shall be an illegal discriminatory housing practice to “[s]teer or channel a prospective buyer into or away from an area because of race, sex, sexual... Read More

How Business Entities Held In Trusts are Treated Under the Corporate Transparency Act

The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) is a new law coming into effect January 1, 2024, that implements reporting requirements for limited liability companies (LLCs), corporations, and other business entities that have never had to report such information previously. BrownWinick attorney Brennan Block outlines the main components of the CTA in... Read More