Category Employment & Labor

SCOTUS Rules Gay and Transgender Employees Protected by Title VII

  In a highly anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court declared that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (the “Act”). The decision was handed down in the consolidated case Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia on Monday, June 15th by a... Read More

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

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... Read More

Signing a Contract? Let's Chat First!

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 purchase agreement had no such language. Fortunately, we were able... Read More

Workplace Burnout: How to Understand it, Recognize it, and Respond to it

The United States workforce is experiencing pervasive, widespread burnout. Indeed, according to a recent study published by Gallup, Inc., of the nearly 7,500 full-time employees who participated, almost 25% reported feeling burnt out at work either “very often” or “always.” The extent of this crisis must not be overlooked. Workplace burnout... Read More

New Health Plan Option Designed for Groups of Small Employers

Throughout 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor took steps to make it easier for small businesses to offer competitive health and retirement benefits to their employees. Association Health Plans (AHPs) will provide an innovative option for small firms to band together for health and retirement plan offerings. BrownWinick has been monitoring these... Read More

Time Off Policies

Amanda Jansen, an employment law attorney at BrownWinick, was quoted in an article titled, "Time Off Policies," in the April 20, 2018 online edition of the IowaBusinessJournals.com.  Read More

Allergic to Work?

According to the Mayo Clinic, allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance or to a food that does not cause a reaction in most people. “Allergy symptoms depend on the substance involved and can affect the airways, sinuses and nasal passages, skin, and digestive system. Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe. In... Read More

New Federal Law Requires Most Employers Take Action

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law, which became immediately effective.  This law expands protections for trade secrets and gives trade secret owners access to federal court in cases involving misappropriation. It also requires inclusion of notice about whistleblower immunity in any... Read More