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Iowa Employment Law Letter

Iowa Employment Law Letter

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Iowa Employment Law Letter

When you subscribe to your Employment Law Letter, you get a newsletter specifically designed for employers and HR professionals in your state. It's written by attorneys in your state who know the unique challenges and laws you must deal with every day.

Access to Subscribers-Only Area — You'll find a wealth of helpful information, available to subscribers only, at no additional cost:

  • Online Archive: You can search for articles on any topic from your state, nearby states, or all 50 states.
  • Policies: Our Sample Policy & Procedure Manual, including dozens of sample policies and explanations.
  • Forms: Government forms and sample forms you can use in your HR practice.
  • Your state's statutes and regulations on employment law.
  • Federal statutes and regulations on employment and labor law.
  • Survey results from our Surveys of HR professionals nationwide.
  • Reports: Access to in-depth Mastering HR Reports.
  • Employers Forum: A vibrant online community that answers your toughest questions. For HR professionals and their counsel.


Your Editors

Jo Ellen WhitneyJo Ellen Whitney


• Emerging Companies
• Employment Law and Labor Relations
• Health Law
• Insurance Defense
• Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

About Jo Ellen's Practice:

Jo Ellen Whitney is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm. As the chair of the firm's Employment and Labor Relations Department, she has a general practice in, but not limited to, the areas of employment and labor law, health law, privacy, and fair housing.

In the area of employment and labor law, Jo handles a variety of issues ranging from business planning and contracts, and representation before administrative agencies such as the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and local Human Rights Commissions as well as state and federal court.

As a prior chair of the firm's Human Resources Committee, she brings practical experience to bear on business planning, discipline, and termination issues for employers. She has extensive experience with contract development, as well as employee manuals, handbooks, and internal policies and practices for employment issues and regulatory compliance, including the ADA/ADAAA, FLSA, HIPAA, and FMLA. She has developed sample policies for a number of professional groups and organizations including members of the Iowa Telecommunications Association and the Iowa Healthcare Association.

As part of her ongoing work involving civil rights commissions, Jo has previously served as a mediator, speaker, and current case screener for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (ICRC). In recognition of her work with the ICRC, she was awarded the Governor's Volunteer Award for "outstanding contributions of volunteer service to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission." Awards are granted to people or groups who volunteer their time with a city or state government agency, or an Iowa non-profit organization. Jo Ellen received the Governor's Volunteer Award in 2007 and 1997.

Professional Recognition:

• AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
• Best Lawyers' 2013 "Des Moines Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year."
• The Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law
• Great Plains Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor
• 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition, Employment & Labor


Michele WarnockMichele L. (Warnock) Brott


• Business Litigation
• Employment Law and Labor Relations
• Insurance Defense
• Litigation and Appeals
• Workers' Compensation

About Michele's Practice:

Michele L. (Warnock) Brott is a shareholder in Davis Brown's Litigation Division, with an emphasis on labor and employment and business litigation. She represents employers across the spectrum, from small, local businesses to large multistate employers, including start-ups, franchises, and large corporations to mitigate liability.

Michele is a trial lawyer who also advises and educates management about employee policies, including hiring, discipline, and discharge.

Major Publications & Speaking Engagements:

  • What Crawled Out from Under the Rock? Backgrounds Check and Due Diligence, December 2014
  • It’s All Fun & Games Until Someone Files a Work Comp Claim: Increasing Morale & Exposure in the Workplace, Davis Brown Law Firm Employment Seminar, April 2014
  • Compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act & Iowa Law, American Payroll Association, local chapter, July 2014
  • Employment Law & Workforce Issues – Fair Labor Standards Act, May 2014
  • Effective Use of Evidence, Trial Preparation from Start to Finish Seminar for Institute for Paralegal Education, November 2012
  • Breed Specific Legislation as a Disservice to Service Animals, Animal Law Committee Newsletter, TIPS Committee News, Winter/Spring 2012
  • Where Are We on Medicare Set Asides?, Annual Fall Seminar for the American Academy of ADR Attorneys, September 2012
  • E-Discovery Concerns, Best Practices for Health Care Facilities Considering Electronic Health Records, October 2011
  • Contested Trustee Litigation: Advising Financial Institutions on the Concerns and Best Practices Related to Trust Management and Fiduciary Litigation, December 2011


Full Product Details

Iowa Employment Law Letter provides a three-part subscription package to deliver the practical, hands-on advice you need to manage your Iowa workforce safely and in compliance with Iowa and federal laws. That's because the newsletter's editors are Iowa attorneys who defend and counsel employers statewide.

Each issue also keeps you on top of Iowa court and U.S. Supreme Court decisions that affect your workforce, all reported with Iowa's local laws and policies in mind. You get the information you need to stay in business — and out of the courtroom.

Your complete subscription package includes:

  1. Iowa Employment Law Letter — 12 monthly issues mailed to you and also available online. (Digital-only versions are available with an HRLaws subscription) You also receive email notifications once a month and periodic News Alert by email as needed.
  2. Access to Subscribers-Only Area — You'll find a wealth of helpful information, available to subscribers only, at no additional cost:

    • Employment Law Letter articles from states you subscribe to
    • Sample policies
    • Your state's statutes and regulations affecting employers
    • Federal statutes and regulations on employment and labor law
    • Results from monthly surveys of HR professionals
    • Hot Topics
    • Employers Forum online community for HR professionals, employers, and their counsel.
  3. Mastering HR Reports — In-depth reports covering topics that are too complex to be fully covered in your monthly newsletter. Some 15-20 Mastering HR Reports are available in the Subscribers-Only area, and we update them regularly so you will always have the most up-to-date information.

Iowa Employment Law Letter

Read a sample of our Employment Law Letter Newsletter here.